Ex-councillor Barry Dowler to stand in Motueka Community Board by-election
Former Tasman district councillor Barry Dowler has put up his hand to fill a vacancy on the Motueka Community Board.
Dowler served as a Motueka Ward councillor on TDC for three terms before missing out on re-election by 40 votes in October. Before that, he served for more than four years on the community board.
The vacancy on the new community board was created after former chairman Paul Hawkes was elected unopposed as a community board member and also won a place around the TDC table as a ward councillor. Legislation requires Hawkes to take up the higher position, which has sparked a by-election to fill the extraordinary vacancy on the community board.
Dowler, who was deputy chairman of the previous TDC engineering services committee, said he knew of many projects in the pipeline for Motueka.
"If I get elected, I could help drive some of that through the community board," he said. "I think I could be of value to the cause. I don't want to waste the last nine years."
Nominations for the community board vacancy are set to open on Thursday and close on December 22.
If only one candidate is nominated and an election is not required, public notice declaring the result of the election would be made on December 27. In the case of an election, voting papers would be delivered late January with voting closing at noon on polling day, February 17. Preliminary results would be expected the same day.
Only people on the electoral roll for the Motueka Ward, including the ratepayer electors, will be eligible to vote in the by-election.