Elec­tions gear up

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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