Six in mayoral race
Palmerston North mayor Jono Naylor faces challenges from two councillors and three other men in October's local body elections.
First term councillor Duncan McCann, elected by the narrowest of margins in 2010, put his nomination in with just hours to spare before today's noon deadline.
Cr Lew Findlay announced his candidacy earlier in the year.
The others in the running are Grant Seton, Ross Barber and Gary Philip.
A total of 33 people have put their names forward for election to the 15 council seats.
Palmerston North voters have the opportunity for the first time this election to rank them all.
It is the city's first election using the single transferable vote (STV) system, and wards were abolished in a Local Government Commission this year.
All but two sitting councillors are seeking re-election.
They are Nikki Guy, who has stood down for family reasons, and Pat Kelly, who has opted to stand for Horizons Regional Council instead.
The candidates are (*sitting councillor):
Jan Barnett*, Susan Baty*, Rachel Bowen, Adrian Broad*, Vaughan Dennison*, Nick Eddy, Phil Etheridge, Lew Findlay*, Hayden Fitzgerald, Niki Gunning, Leonie Hapeta, Ange Hartshorne, David Ireland, Jim Jefferies*, Lorna Johnson, Russell Johnson, Marilyn Korte, Ross Linklater*, Dion Martin, Duncan McCann*, Billy Meehan*, Annette Nixon*, Elizabeth Paine, James Pettengill, Dave Poppelwell, Wiremu Reiri, Aleisha Rutherford, Allen Smith, Grant Smith, Chris Teo-Sherrell*, Peter Turner, Tangi Utikere*, Bruce Wilson*.
Nominations have also closed for the MidCentral Diistrict Health Board with 15 people putting their name forward for seven seats.
District Health Board electoral officer John Annabell said the following people were nominated for the election for seven members of the MidCentral District Health Board at the noon close of nominations today.
An official list will be published after nominations have been verified.
Current members Pat Kelly, Barbara Robson, Jack Drummond, Lindsay Burnell, Diane Anderson, Karen Naylor and Ann Chapman have entered nominations to continue working on the board.
Others in the running are Palmerston North Hospital surgeon Nadarajah Manoharan, mayoral candidate Ross Easton Barber, Hospital Advisory Committee member Stephen Paewai, city councillor Vaughan Dennison, former city councillor Michael Feyen, city councillor and former Arohanui Hospice chief executive Adrian Broad, broadcaster David Poppelwell and city council candidate David Eddy.
''As the number of candidates exceeds the number of vacancies to be held, an election will be held to fill the seven positions,'' he said.
''The election will be at large and will be held under the single transferable vote electoral system.''
The election will be held by postal vote between Friday September 20 to noon on Saturday October 12.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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