Would you consider standing for a seat in local government?
The Waikato District Council will host two candidate information evenings in mid-July to give those who are considering putting their hands up at the October elections the chance to see what would be involved.
“If you are thinking about standing as Mayor, a Councillor or Community Board member we encourage you to come along to either of our two candidate information evenings in July,” said Waikato District Council Democracy Manager Brendan Stringer.
“By attending, potential candidates will get an understanding of what Council does, our vision and a rundown of the key issues that will be coming up in the next triennium. A panel discussion made up of Council staff will also talk about why Council is important in the community. Our electoral officer Dale Ofsoske will be on hand to provide potential candidates with detail around the nomination process and requirements, election campaigning and expenses and donations.
“Deputy Mayor Dynes Fulton, who is retiring at the end of the triennium, will give insight into the life of an elected representative with a focus on the roles and responsibilities of a Mayor, Councillor and Community Board member, along with the time expectations and remuneration for these roles.
“A representative will also be present at the candidate information sessions to discuss how and why you should stand for Waikato Regional Council,” Stringer said.
Nominations for the election open on July 19 and close on August 16. Voting papers go out to electors from September 20 and close on October 12.
You can find more about the Waikato District Council elections here.
Pokeno Hall, 19 Market St, Pokeno – Tuesday, July 16, 6pm (doors open at 5.30pm)
WDC council chambers, 15 Galileo St, Ngaruawahia – Wednesday, July 17, 5:30pm (doors open at 5pm)