Barnes re-elected mayor

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - LAWRENCE GULLERY

Mata­mata-Pi­ako mayor Jan Barnes will re­turn to of­fice un­op­posed to lead the dis­trict for the next three-year term.

The of­fi­cial list of can­di­dates for the Oc­to­ber lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions were re­leased. There will be no may­oral elec­tion, nor will there be an elec­tion to con­test the Mor­rinsville or Te Aroha wards as the num­ber of can­di­dates is equal to the num­ber of va­can­cies.

The only elec­tion con­test re­mains in the Mata­mata ward where there are five can­di­dates for the four seats avail­able. Those en­rolled will still re­ceive vot­ing doc­u­ments for the Waikato Dis­trict Health Board.

Some of the can­di­dates elected un­op­posed are new coun­cil­lors while oth­ers are in­cum­bents.

In the Te Aroha ward, the coun­cil­lors elected un­op­posed were Teena Cornes, Peter Jager, Ash Tan­ner, all in­cum­bents.

In the Mor­rinsville ward, those elected un­op­posed in­clude new faces Donna Arnold and Paul Cronin while in­cum­bents Neil Goodger and James Thomas re­turn to coun­cil.

The Mata­mata ward can­di­dates in­clude Joanne Aoake, James Sains­bury, Kevin Tap­pin, Adri­enne Wil­cock and Brain Hunter.

Vot­ing pa­pers will be sent from Septem­ber 16, when the vot­ing pe­riod opens. Vot­ing pa­pers must be re­ceived by the elec­toral of­fi­cer by noon Oc­to­ber 8.

No one was brave enough to chal­lenge in­cum­bent mayor Jan Barnes.

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