Elec­tion cam­paign kicks off

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Let the bat­tle be­gin.

Lo­cal body elec­tion nom­i­na­tions have closed and Cen­tral Otago has a mix of old and new faces vy­ing for seats on the coun­cil and com­mu­nity boards.

Some can­di­dates have no fight to put up for one of the 10 places around the coun­cil ta­ble, in­clud­ing in­cum­bent coun­cil­lors Neil Gille­spie, Nigel McKin­lay, Shirley Calvert, Stu­art Dun­can, Stephen Jef­fery and Mal­colm To­pliss who all get a green-light to coun­cil with the same num­ber of nom­i­na­tions re­ceived as seats.

New­bie Vic­to­ria Bon­ham, of Gal­loway, also gets a seat on coun­cil rep­re­sent­ing the Earn­scle­ughManuherikia Ward.

‘‘I was ready for a good, hard slog cam­paign­ing so it kind of threw me a bit,’’ Bon­ham said.

Alexan­dra is a dif­fer­ent story. Seven can­di­dates want three avail­able seats, in­clud­ing in­cum­bent coun­cil­lor Martin McPher­son - who is also con­test- ing the may­oralty. He joins Cen­tral Otago lawyer Tim Cado­gan and in­cum­bent Tony Lep­per as may­oral can­di­dates.

In­cum­bent coun­cil­lor Bar­rie Wills is seek­ing re-elec­tion, as are Roger Browne, Lyn­ley Clar­idge, Claire Goudie, Barry Hambleton and Sharleen Stir­ling-Lind­say.

There will be new faces around the Cromwell Com­mu­nity Board with Glen Chris­tiansen, Tom Pinck­ney and He­len Huck­le­bridge step­ping down at the end of this term. The seven bat­tling it out for four seats in­clude Gor­don Ste­wart, Annabel Blaikie, Robin Dicey, Alis­tair Hamil­ton, Anna Har­ri­son and Werner Mur­ray.

Vin­cent Com­mu­nity Board hope­fuls in­clude Roger Browne, Brian Fitzger­ald, Claire Goudie, Barry Hambleton and Sharleen Stir­ling-Lind­say. James Arm- strong, Na­dia Fodie and Rus­sell Gar­butt will bat­tle it out for the two Earn­scle­ugh-Manuherikia seats.

The Te­viot Val­ley Com­mu­nity Board’s four seats are con­tested by Sally Fein­er­man, Ray­mond Gunn, Clif­ford Parker, John Pritchard and Rus­sell Read. The Man­iototo Com­mu­nity Board re­ceived the same num­ber of nom­i­na­tions as seats so can­di­dates Su­san Evans, Robert Ha­zlett, Dun­can Helm and Su­san Um­bers will be elected.

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Vic­to­ria Bon­ham will rep­re­sent the Earn­scle­ugh-Manuherikia Ward on the Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil.

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