Ten can­di­dates lining up for two seats in the west

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The bat­tle for two coun­cil seats in Porirua’s west could come down to the wire.

Prior to the 2013 elec­tion, the Western ward - cov­er­ing Kenepuru, Els­don, part of the city cen­tre, Taka­puwahia and Ti­tahi Bay - had three coun­cil­lors.

Re­duc­ing this to two meant a ward that had al­ways had plenty of nom­i­na­tions, was sud­denly even more hard fought come elec­tion time. Statis­tics from the last two elec­tions show about 5,500 votes are cast in the west.

‘Ana Cof­fey and Ken Dou­glas had a mo­nop­oly of late, but the lat­ter’s re­tire­ment af­ter six terms has opened the door for a fresh face.

Along with Cof­fey, nine other names give vot­ers plenty of choice. Two of them in­clude Graeme Eb­bett, who is stand­ing for the fifth time, and Henry Smith, a coun­cil­lor from 2007 to 2010.

Mike Dun­can is stand­ing for the may­oralty as well as the Western ward.

Can­di­dates have a var­ied set of life and busi­ness skills, in­clud­ing in health and man­age­ment, youth and so­cial work, sport, jour­nal­ism and con­nec­tions with Ngati Toa.

Cof­fey, deputy mayor this term, is not tak­ing for granted the fact she is an in­cum­bent and has name recog­ni­tion.

‘‘It’ll be a good con­test,’’ she said. ‘‘There are com­mu­ni­ty­minded peo­ple [on the bal­lot] with some great skills they can bring to the coun­cil. I’ve got my work cut out for me.’’

Water qual­ity, foot­paths, the cy­cle­way, beach ac­cess and crime were some of the is­sues that can­di­dates felt were im­por­tant in the com­ing tri­en­nium.

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