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It al­most looked like Palmer­ston North City mayor Grant Smith was to be elected again un­op­posed un­til a last-minute nom­i­na­tion from Ross Bar­ber in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment can­di­date an­nounce­ments on Fri­day.

It’s cer­tainly made things more in­ter­est­ing to have some­one else throw their hat in the ring to be mayor of our city.

But now it’s up to us to make sure we get out and vote for the peo­ple we think will make good de­ci­sions for our com­mu­nity.

As our front page story says, lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions don’t have a very high voter turnout, par­tic­u­larly when vot­ers feel the in­cum­bent is likely to stay put.

Don’t let this stop you from hav­ing your say, though, as there’s still a ta­ble full of coun­cil­lors that need to be elected as well.

Join our dis­cus­sion of the elec­tions on Neigh­bourly or Face­book.

- Lisa

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