Can­di­dates a-plenty for city coun­cil

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

So far there are 22 who have put up their hands for the 15 seats at the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil.

The seven sit­ting coun­cil­lors who were in early have been joined by their col­leagues Vaughan Den­ni­son and Su­san Baty, with lo­cal body pol­i­tics new­com­ers Gavin Ed­wards, Tony McLaugh­lin, and Atif Rahim also nom­i­nated.

Coun­cil­lor Jim Jef­feries has in­di­cated he is likely to stand again for a sev­enth term, while three-term coun­cil­lor Ross Lin­klater has de­cided to pull the plug.

That leaves coun­cil­lors Dun­can McCann, Billy Mee­han, An­nette Nixon and Chris Teo-Sher­rell still to make a de­ci­sion.

There were 33 can­di­dates cam­paign­ing for seats in 2013.

There is as yet no nom­i­na­tion for the top job and mayor Grant Smith won’t make that call un­til he re­turns from the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment New Zealand con­fer­ence in Dunedin.

Nom­i­na­tions for all lo­cal body can­di­dates, in­clud­ing the Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil and MidCen­tral Dis­trict Health Board close on Fri­day, Au­gust 12.

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