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Interested in standing for the Council?

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With the local elections coming up in October 2019, Mayor Hamish McDouall is happy to talk to anyone interested in standing for Whanganui District Council about the requirements of the role.

Elections will be held on Saturday, 12 October 2019 for a Mayor, 12 elected members (Councillors) and the Whanganui Rural Community Board.

Mayor McDouall, who was elected as a councillor in 2010 and Mayor in 2016, says knowing about time commitments and requirements of being a councillor is important.

"Whanganui is a diverse place and this needs to be reflected as much as possible through the people who make decisions on behalf of the whole community. We want people on the Council from all walks of life and with a variety of backgrounds to consider putting their hand up," says Mayor McDouall.

"It would be great to get people with young families, diverse skills and commitment to their community to stand. I would be happy to talk through, in confidence, how we can make this work for potential councillors and familiarise them with the Council’s Leading Edge Strategy.

"There’s a lot of team-work in the Council and while we may not all agree on all issues we are colleagues who must support each other for the best interests of our community."

Anyone can stand for Whanganui District Council as long as they are a New Zealand citizen, aged 18+ and on the electoral role.

Nominations open on Friday, 19 July 2019 and close on Friday, 16 August 2019.

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