The Tasman mayoralty is now officially a four-way contest, with businessman Gary Watson seeking election.
The Mainland Television managing director has previously stood four times unsuccessfully for the Nelson mayoralty. In the 2010 election, he polled fourth with 1900 votes, while Aldo Miccio received 6832.
In the October election, Mr Watson will be up against Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne, who wants a third term, Richmond ward councillor Kit Maling and Richmond businessman Maxwell Clark.
Mr Watson lives in Motueka Valley and has lodged his nomination for the Tasman top job and is nominated by John McIntyre and Naomi McIntyre.
"Quite a few people have come to me really concerned about their rates increasing every year above the inflation rate and concerned about the mounting debt of the council, and the current council does not seem to be going anywhere," Mr Watson said.
Mr Clark is nominated by Alan Gibbs and Jo-Anne Ellis.
Two candidates are seeking election for the Motueka ward in the Tasman District Council. Newcomer Paul Blackham is nominated by Ian Barnes and Sarah Jones, and councillor Barry Dowler, who is seeking re-election, is nominated by Richard Horrell and Chris Taylor.
Cliff Satherley, up for re-election to the Motueka Community Board, is nominated by David Anderson and Alan Atkins.
Golden Bay resident Reg Taylor is standing for council, and is nominated by Christopher Ledger and Pat Gillooly.
In Nelson, Trudi Brand is seeking election to the city council and has been nominated by Ian Barker and Gary Bassett.
The Green Party's Colin Robertson is standing for the city council and has been nominated by Debs Martin and Colin Davis.
Brian McGurk, up for the Nelson mayoralty and council, has been nominated by Graeme Thomas and Richard Oswald.
Nominations for the October election will close on Friday.
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