From the editor's desk
THINGS are heating up on the local government election front, with mayoral and councillor candidates starting to emerge.
We now have three candidates running for mayor, with current mayor Jennifer Whitney, current deputy mayor Andrew Willcox and newcomer Eric Oliver all throwing their proverbial hats in the ring.
This week we’ve also reported on two candidates for Division 1. The division’s current councillor Jan Clifford has said she always intended to stand, and Fight for Airlie group member Michelle Lynes has been spurred into action by the ongoing building height debate.
In Division 2, Ron Petterson is challenging current councillor John Atkinson and in Division 4 cane farmer Gary Simpson is challenging current councillor Peter Ramage.
No-one has yet come forward to challenge John Collins for Division 3 or Dave Clark for Division 5 and, with Andrew Willcox vacating the Division 6 seat in pursuit of a role as mayor, former mayor Mike Brunker is currently unopposed.
As the days roll on until nominations close later this month, we can expect to see even more candidates emerge.
Now is the time to think carefully about what we, as the region’s ratepayers want from our mayor and councillors over the next four years. As the election campaign unfolds the
Whitsunday Times and Whitsunday Coast Guardian will be asking candidates for their views on a range of major issues.
So please get in touch with us and tell us what it is you want to know.
We’re here to help you make the most informed decision you can at the ballot box on March 19. Sharon Smallwood Editor