Waitaki mayoralty race heats up

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The race for the role of Mayor of Waitaki has gathered momentum with a fourth candidate announcing his intention to run for the office.

Greg Smith, a 30-year-old maths teacher at Waitaki Boys’ High School, will run on a dual nomination ticket – the mayoralty and for one of two vacancies in the Corriedale ward.

Mr Smith said he has decided he can no longer watch his “friends, neighbours and co-workers hand over their hard-earned dollars to meet the ever-increasing rates”.

“I know that rates are only some of the concerns people have in the district,” he said.

“I have developed a plan to see that change happens.

“There has never been a more important time to have strong council leadership, with a leader who can prepare the district for all the changes our community is facing now and in the future.”

According to Mr Smith, council should be serving the needs of the people and, if elected, he will see that is exactly what happens.

“We need better district services, ensure that outlying communities are not excluded and leaders are held accountable for the decisions they make,” he said.

“We live in a great district and it is a wonderful place to raise a family.

“The people here are hard-working and passionate about their district and they deserve a compassionate leader who recognises their contribution and cares enough to work hard for the community.”

Mr Smith will also be standing for the Corriedale Ward.

To date, there are four candidates for the Waitaki Mayoralty: Gary Kircher, Jim Hopkins, Fliss Butcher and Greg Smith and three nominations for two vacancies in the Corriedale Ward: Bill Kingan, Greg Smith and Fliss Butcher.

Nominations close on August 16, 2013.

 

By Jacquie Webby