Mayor or noth­ing for Barnes

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata- Pi­ako May­oral can­di­date, Jan Barnes, con­firmed last week she is stand­ing only for mayor, not as a coun­cil­lor.

She also con­firmed that if elected she would be a full­time mayor.

Mrs Barnes said there was ‘‘no point in hav­ing a dol­lar each way’’ by stand­ing for coun­cil as well if she was not suc­cess­ful for the may­oralty.

‘‘ I’m se­ri­ous about the mayor’s role,’’ she said.

‘‘My de­ci­sion not to stand for coun­cil demon­strates that.’’

Her de­ci­sion opens up a coun­cil­lor va­cancy at the Oc­to­ber elec­tions.

While other po­ten­tial can­di­dates have yet to de­clare their in­ten­tions, Mrs Barnes said she un­der­stood oth­ers might choose to stand both for mayor and as coun­cil­lor.

‘‘There are no rules that say you can’t stand for both.’’

Mrs Barnes has no is­sue with what other can­di­dates do, but for her the en­tire fo­cus is on the may­oral race.

Mean­while, as district res­i­dents hear of Mrs Barnes can­di­dacy, she had been over- whelmed at the wide­spread and favourable re­ac­tion.

‘‘I cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ate that Mayor Hugh Ver­coe, af­ter 15 suc­cess­ful years in the role, will be a very hard act to fol­low,’’ she said.

‘‘ My last three years as deputy mayor has been an ap­pren­tice­ship for the role as well as my nine years on coun­cil.’’

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