Elections gear up
As of Monday, there was still no nomination for the city mayoralty, though incumbent Grant Smith is widely expected to stand again.
With no other nominations so far, it raises the possibility of the first uncontested election for the Palmerston North mayoralty since 1995, when Paul Rieger was elected unopposed.
According to the city council website, there has been confirmation for council of two sitting members, bringing the total number contesting the 15 seats in October’s local body election to 24.
Councillor Jim Jefferies has confirmed his nomination as has councillor Billy Meehan.
Councillors Duncan McCann, Annette Nixon and Chris TeoSherrell have until August 12 to decide whether to stand again. That is also the close-off date for nominations for Horizons Regional Council and the MidCentral District Health Board.
There are three opportunities for voters to meet local body candidates. For those contesting council seats, it’s the evening of August 17. For mayoral candidates, it’s midday on August 23, with a candidates expo in the evening of August 29.
All three sessions take place in the Centennial Convention Centre on Main St.
Nominee updates can be found on the Palmerston North City Council website.
Election day is October 8.