ELECTION 2013: How political rivals aim to gather votes in May elections in Leicestershire
The finishing touches are being made to the manifestos of County Hall's main parties who hope to win over voters in May.
Polling day for Leicestershire County Council's elections is still more than two months away but activists and candidates have already started campaigning in many areas.
The council is run by Conservatives, who hold 34 seats to the Liberal Democrats' 14 and Labour's four.
It is expected the Tories will maintain control after the May 2 election but Labour hopes to regain some of the 11 seats it lost four years ago – and is particularly targeting North West Leicestershire's Conservative seats.
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The Liberal Democrats hope to hold on to seats in Harborough, Oadby and Wigston and Hinckley.
Councillor Kevin Feltham, who is managing the Tory campaign, said the slogan would be "Going for Growth: The Right Future for Leicestershire."
He said: "Our manifesto is nearly complete and we will probably put it out in early April.
"Last time we released it perhaps a little bit early which allowed the Lib Dems to get their teeth into it.
"It's fair to say that economic development will be a key plank of it.
"We will be working hard to make sure that there is investment in Leicestershire to get the local economy going.
"We are proud of our record so far and we have done a lot of good work."
Coun Feltham fears there will be a low turn-out on polling day.
He said: "There is no European or General election on the same day. I am concerned it will pass people by."
The deadline date for selecting candidates is April 5 but it has already emerged cabinet member Richard Blunt will not stand in his current Ibstock and Appleby division. He will contest the Kirby Muxloe and Leicester Forest East division held by former Tory and county council leader David Parson, who is standing down.
Lib Dem group leader Councillor Simon Galton said: "Our campaign will be based on the Tory approach to cuts and the budget and the damage done to the council's reputation thanks to the behaviour of some of their senior councillors.
"We will show there is another way to do things and maintain the seats we have.
"We are concerned about the national situation and the Coalition but it will be clear there is no coalition in Leicestershire."
A number of long-serving Lib Dem county councillors will be standing down including Birstall's Roger Wilson, Oadby's Michael Griffiths and Alan Bailey who represents Blaby and Glen Parva.
Labour Group leader Councillor Max Hunt said: "We expect to regain the ground we lost in the last election and are hoping for one or two surprises.
"National issues dominate all elections but we will be working on concerns about the future of Snibston Discovery Park and major housing developments such as Lubbesthorpe and Garendon."
UKIP also hopes to get its first Leicestershire county councillor.
Harborough-based UKIP MEP Roger Helmer said: "We absolutely will see UKIP candidates but I wouldn't like to say how many at the moment.
"We are picking up more of the 'none of the above' protest votes that used to go to the Lib Dems before they threw in with the Tories, but we also think more and more people believe in what we are saying."