Four horse race for mayor

South Waikato News - - Front Page - CAITLIN MOORBY

With Neil Sin­clair step­ping down af­ter 12 years as mayor, who will be South Waikato’s next leader?

Jenny Shat­tock, Alan Blair, Tracey Deane and Jar­rad Gal­lagher are all cam­paign­ing for the may­oral role.

Shat­tock said she has the ex­pe­ri­ence to get over the line hav­ing grown up in the South Waikato and be­ing deputy mayor for the past nine years.

Shat­tock said she wouldn’t put her hand up if she didn’t think she could do the job.

‘‘I have to rate my chances oth­er­wise I wouldn’t do it.

‘‘I want it, I’m a hard-worker and I’m the best per­son for the job be­cause of my ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

Blair an­nounced his can­di­dacy back in March and also rates his chances.

‘‘Peo­ple I speak to are look­ing for a change of gov­er­nance lead­er­ship that they are very un­likely to get if the Deputy Mayor is elected.’’

Blair said he has a proven track record as a leader both in the com­mu­nity and at work, and has the nous, skills and ex­pe­ri­ence to do the job.

He said the right to vote is avail­able to only a small mi­nor­ity of the world’s pop­u­la­tion – hence it is a priv­i­lege.

‘‘If peo­ple who are able, fail to vote, it is kick in the face of those whose as­pi­ra­tions are to be liv­ing in a democ­racy such as ours.

‘‘By vot­ing in the elec­tions the com­mu­nity has a col­lec­tive voice.’’

Deane said she wants to make the big­gest dif­fer­ence the South Waikato has seen in a decade.

She backs her chances for mayor this year and said she came close at the last elec­tion.

Deane said peo­ple should vote for who they con­nect with best.

Mean­while, Gal­lagher de­scribes him­self as the young guy on the block who is look­ing to make a dif­fer­ence.

‘‘I re­ally be­lieve there are op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­shape some of the ar­eas and it takes some­one with the vi­sion in coun­cil to take some big steps and make these changes.’’

He said par­tic­i­pa­tion is a key part of what he wants to do.

‘‘Peo­ple need to get out there and vote so they can have their say.’’

Gal­lagher said if peo­ple don’t vote their con­cerns won’t be heard and changes won’t be made.

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