Hands up for seats

Nom­i­na­tions now open MAK­ING THE GRADE

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

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.

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