Tamahere ward councillor Aksel Bech has been elected unopposed to the Waikato District Council seat he first won in 2016.
But for one other ward, elsewhere in the district hotly contested elections are in the pipeline, including for the Eureka ward.
There incumbent Rob McGuire is being challenged by Elizabeth Goodwin while it’s a three-way competition for mayor.
Nominations closed at noon last Friday and the race is on across the district to secure seats at the council table and on five community boards. Elections for the Tamahere Community Committee will be held at a later date.
Check out the candidates here on the Vote Waikato website.
Voting papers including a booklet with statements from candidates will be arriving in letterboxes from September 20, before election day on October 12. Voters will be able to vote by post or by dropping their voting papers in at one of the council offices.
The electoral roll has now closed but if potential voters are not enrolled it’s not too late but they will need to complete a special vote. Check the FAQ page on Vote Waikato for more information.
If community groups want to hold meet-the-candidate events they are encouraged to get in touch with the council (firstname.lastname@example.org) so these can be displayed on the Vote Waikato website.