Bech elected unopposed

Aug 20th, 2019 | By | Category: Hot Topics, Latest News
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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 (elections@waidc.govt.nz) so these can be displayed on the Vote Waikato website.

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One Comment to “Bech elected unopposed”

  1. Aksel Bech says:

    I look forward to the next three years as we complete the initiatives underway for this important time at Tamahere.

    I stood again as we still need to lobby for the connectivity of our community with the Expressway including safe crossings and paths around Newell Road, complete development at Tamahere Park, get UFF fibre commissioned everywhere (including lobbying for some of the “just missed out” pockets) and try to get complete connectivity on foot or bike from Matangi Village to the city to name but a few. The recently completed BluePrint also sets some clear priorities for Council to assist/facilitate/enable the community to get on with over the next number of years -shared paths and restoration of the gully network plus improved access to public transport being key issues.

    So I look forward to my second term with lots to be done; it will also most likely be the final term I stand for the role of Councillor for Tamahere so I encourage others to start thinking about putting their names forward for this role next term. The Tamahere Community Committee (TCC) will also have a number of long serving members stand down at the October elections this year as they (with considerable satisfaction) look at the Tamahere Park development now finally realised after more than a decade of their work -so a great opportunity for a “new guard” to step up for the TCC and in turn, then next Cr term for Tamahere.

    With thanks

    Aksel.

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