Lack of in­ter­est ‘a shock’

South Waikato News - - Front Page - LUKE KIRKEBY

The lack of peo­ple of­fi­cially putting thier hat in the ring for the up com­ing coun­cil elec­tions has dis­ap­pointed the South Waikato mayor.

As of Mon­day, only three peo­ple had of­fi­cially signed up to run de­spite sev­eral po­ten­tial can­di­dates sig­nalling their in­ter­est.

Nom­i­na­tions opened over two weeks ago. They have un­til 12pm, Fri­day Au­gust 12 to do so.

Out­go­ing mayor Neil Sin­clair said he was dis­ap­pointed by the lack of nom­i­na­tions.

‘‘I am dis­ap­pointed as I know sev­eral are driv­ing around Toko­roa with their cars sign writ­ten and I also un­der­stand there are three or more in Ti­rau,’’ he said.

‘‘I im­plore peo­ple to get their nom­i­na­tions in as it is one of the most im­por­tant things that any­one can do to serve their com­mu­nity.

‘‘I don’t know why so few nom­i­na­tions have come in. I just can’t un­der­stand it. I will be email­ing the cur­rent coun­cil­lors to re­mind them,’’ he said.

‘‘I might have to con­sider putting my name for­ward again at the last minute, that would sur­prise them,’’ he joked.

Tracey Deane, whomade her cam­paign for mayor of­fi­cial,

was sur­prised no one else had of­fi­cially put their name for­ward.

‘‘It is a bit of a shock be­cause they are al­ready out there cam­paign­ing. It is a lit­tle bit of cart be­fore the horse,’’ she said.

Deane said there could be sev­eral rea­sons for why po­ten­tial can­di­dates were leav­ing things so late.

‘‘There are a lot of fac­tors that have to be or­gan­ised such as money, spon­sors, get­ting pho­tos taken, and writ­ing your pro­file piece so these could be rea­sons for why they haven’t yet made it of­fi­cial,’’ she said.

She en­cour­aged stand.

Cur­rent deputy mayor Jenny Shat­tock has also of­fi­cially put her name for­ward for the may­oralty.

Brian Smout, who was the first of­fi­cial coun­cil­lor nom­i­na­tion, said he was also sur­prised.

‘‘I would have thought by now more would have been in but it does work in my favour,’’ he said.

Coun­cil­lors Tua Nu­manga and Terry Mag­ill an­nounced on Thurs­day that they would not be seek­ing re-elec­tion but Sin­clair said the rest had in­formed him they would have their nom­i­na­tions in by 4pm on Mon­day. peo­pleto

LUKE KIRKEBY/FAIRFAX NZ

Mayor Neil Sin­clair is ‘dis­s­a­pointed’.

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