Smith sets sights on mayoralty
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.