Candidates a-plenty for city council
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.