With election papers already in front of you or about to arrive, The Timaru Herald continues its in-depth coverage of candidates.
Today's coverage concentrates on the mayoral candidates in all three districts, as well as the Mackenzie District Council candidates.
Either way after this election, Timaru District will have a new mayor. After nine years as mayor and 18 on council, Janie Annear is hanging up the mayoral chain. First-time councillors Steve Earnshaw and Damon Odey have thrown their hats into the ring.
First term councillor Sharyn Cain and Cr Craig Rowley want the Waimate District mayoral chains, although Cr Rowley has not also sought a council seat. If he misses out on the mayoralty he misses out altogether.
It is a two-horse race for the mayoralty of the Mackenzie District. Councillor Graeme Page and incumbent mayor Claire Barlow have thrown their hats in the ring. Both represent the Opuha ward, while Twizel, which is the biggest town in the district, is without a mayoral candidate.
The Herald put questions to the six mayoral candidates and published their responses on video, here.
Tourism, farming and the environment are hot topics in this year's Mackenzie District Council elections, with four candidates standing in the Opuha ward for three seats, and four in the Pukaki ward, also for three seats.
On Wednesday we will cover the South Canterbury District Health Board candidates.
To view our online coverage of these candidates, visit our special "Elections" section of the Timaru Herald website.
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