Hands up for seats
Nominations now open MAKING THE GRADE
The chance has arrived for Central Otago residents keen to give local politics a go and have an input on decisions relating to the district and their community to raise their hand. Nominations for those wishing to stand as a candidate for the Central Otago District Council, Otago Regional Council, Southern District Health Board and local community boards opened on July 19. Local elections were held every three years. Central Otago electoral officer Kara Leckie said ‘‘we are encouraging anyone who wants to make a difference in the local community to stand. Ideally we would have a range of elected members of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to ensure our council represents the diversity of our community.’’ ‘‘Anyone over the age of 18 can stand for election as long as they are a New Zealand citizen and enrolled on the electoral roll,’’ Ms Leckie said. As of yesterday, two nominations had been received. One from Mayor Tony Lepper, who was running for mayor again, and Cromwell woman Shirley Calvert, who was running to become a member of council and the Cromwell Community Board. Nominations close at noon on August 16. Voting papers will be sent out from September 20 and be returnedby noon on election day, October 12.
Phoebe Harrex started at Omakau School on July 11.
James White started at Goldfields School on July 6.