Smith sets sights on may­oralty

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

Mayor Grant Smith has af­firmed he is re-stand­ing for Palmer­ston North’s top job. As of Mon­day evening, he is the only nom­i­nated may­oral can­di­date.

An elected coun­cil­lor, Smith was pro­moted in a by-elec­tion at the be­gin­ning of 2015 after then sit­ting mayor Jono Naylor re­lin­quished the may­oral chains to be­come a Na­tional Party list MP.

The num­ber of nom­i­na­tions for seats on the city coun­cil has re­mained at 24.

Sit­ting coun­cil­lors An­nette Nixon and Chris Teo-Sher­rell are the lat­est to an­nounce they won’t be back, both hav­ing spent three terms on coun­cil.

Deputy mayor Dun­can McCann is still to put in a nom­i­na­tion, but has in­di­cated that he will stand.

There are so far four nom­i­na­tions for the four places on the Palmer­ston North con­stituency of Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil, while to date, there are eight nom­i­na­tions for the seven elected po­si­tions on the district health board.

Nom­i­na­tions for the may­oralty, city coun­cil, re­gional coun­cil and district health board are open to any New Zealand cit­i­zen over the age of 18 who is on the elec­toral roll.

The nom­i­na­tions close at mid­day on Fri­day with de­tails and pa­pers avail­able on­line from the re­spec­tive web­sites.

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