Two to contest Geraldine poll
Geraldine looks set to have a by-election, with two community board members, Kerry Stevens and McGregor Simpson, announcing they will stand.
The by-election has come about following the sudden death of Geraldine ward councillor and district deputy mayor Michael Oliver last month.
Mr Stevens moved to the area 11 years ago when he was appointed principal of Geraldine High School.
He now manages the Geraldine Community Resource Centre. He has been involved with Go Geraldine in the past and is in his first term on the community board.
Mr Stevens said he had decided to stand as he believed Geraldine required a strong voice on council and he could provide that.
"I see this as an extension of what I am doing," he said, describing his lifestyle as semi-retired, a mix of "paid work and voluntary jobs in Geraldine that I enjoy doing".
As he worked only part-time, Mr Stevens said he would have the time required to put into council.
"I think I would be well suited to it and enjoy it."
Mr Stevens said he had lived in the community long enough to understand it, and his role with the resource centre meant he was in touch with a range of people from throughout the community.
Farmer McGregor Simpson has lived in the ward all his life.
He has been on the community board for 20 years and was also the Geraldine ward councillor between April 1998 and October 2001.
"Because of my experience on the council I think I am probably in a position, better than most, to hit the ground running.
"Someone has to go to Timaru and be a strong advocate for the ward.
"Michael did a great job and we miss him greatly; it is still quite a shock."
His key concern for the ward were the many superannuitants in the area.
"These people are on fixed incomes and can't continue to have increased rate rises pushed on them."
Former Federated Farmers vice- president Donald Aubrey has said he plans to stand in the by-election, but as of last night electoral officer Mark Low had not received his nomination form.
Nominations close at noon on September 20 with the postal election to be held on November 9.
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