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Well it ap­pears that there’s no one brave enough to take on in­cum­bent mayor Jan Barnes at the com­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions. Mayor Barnes will lead the Mata­mata-Pi­ako dis­trict for another three-year term, after the of­fi­cial list of can­di­dates was re­leased, show­ing that there were no oth­ers con­test­ing the top job. Is this be­cause there’s a lack of in­ter­ested in lo­cal gov­ern­ment pol­i­tics or do peo­ple feel that the cur­rent mayor is work­ing well, per­form­ing her du­ties to the best of her abil­ity for the dis­trict? Ini­tial on­line feed­back sug­gests peo­ple are happy with their cur­rent mayor and want her to con­tinue, at least, for the next term. There will be no elec­tion in the Pi­ako and Te Aroha wards ei­ther, be­cause the num­ber of can­di­dates is the same as the num­ber of seats avail­able. The only con­test left can be found in the Mata­mata ward, where there are five can­di­dates for four seats. Let’s hope peo­ple put pen to pa­per, and take part in the vot­ing process.

Lawrence Gullery

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