New councillor’s job list grows

Tamahere’s new councillor found the list of what he hopes to achieve for Tamahere growing over the election campaign.
Political newcomer Aksel Jepsen, 51, won the two-way election for the Waikato District Council’s Tamahere ward at the weekend by 196 votes, on preliminary results.
Jepsen, who will succeed three-term councillor Wally Hayes, polled highest with 815 votes to his rival Donna Nichols’ 619 votes on election night.

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Election nominations open

Nominations for candidates wanting to stand in this year’s Waikato district elections have opened.

Would-be leaders and those passionate about the district are urged to step up and give local politics a go to have a say in the community’s future.

To encourage people to put their names forward the council is holding a candidate information evening at 6pm tomorrow, Tuesday, July 19, in the council chambers in Ngaruawahia.

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Hayes bids for mayoralty

Tamahere’s three-term district councillor, Wally Hayes, has launched an all or nothing bid for the Waikato mayoralty.

First elected to represent Tamahere in 2007 and twice since re-elected unopposed, the 53-year-old will step down from the role at the October local body elections and seek only the Waikato’s top position.

Hayes, who has clashed with incumbent mayor Allan Sanson, is the second announced contender for the Waikato mayoralty.

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