From the editor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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