It’s a crowded field for this year’s local elections in Kapiti with four people trying for the mayor’s chain and some old hands looking to return to public life.
The deadline for nominations was midday Friday August 16.
Mayor Gurunathan wants to keep the job and faces challenges from current councillor Jackie Elliott, aspirant Gwynn Crompton and former cafe owner Martin Halliday.
14 contenders for districtwide seats
And in the competition for the at-large seats on the district council it’s a case of 14 aspirants for five positions including current deputy mayor and Paekakariki-Raumati ward councillor Janet Holborow. Missing from this list is current councillor John Howson.
Janet Hoborow’s decision leaves the Paekakariki- Raumati ward open . The hopefuls are Guy Burns, Sophie Handford and Bede Laracy.
Jackie Elliott ‘having a bet both ways’
#With her name of the council list Mayoral aspirant Jackie Elliott is having a bet both ways.
Sitting councillors Angela Buswell, and Mike Cardiff want to stay. David Scott the councillor we didn’t really have for three years as he awaited his trial and conviction for sexual assault, hopes for another term.
Former regional councillors Chris Turver and Nigel Wilson are also nominated.
In Otaki councillor James Cootes will face a challenge from community board member Shelly Warwick and local Andrew Lennox.
Michael Scott faces challengers for Waikanae ward
Waikanae’s ward councillor Michael Scott will run against former mayor Iridie McCloy, community board chair Jocelyn Prvanov and real estate agent Ross Vessey.
Sitting councillor Mark Benton will try again for one of the two Paraparaumu ward seat but Fiona Vining is stepping down.
The other names here are mayoral hopeful Martin Halliday and community board members Bernie Randall and Kathy Spiers.
KIN will be attending the campaign meetings to keep you up to date. For more details on all the candidates go to: https://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/your-council/elections2019/nominations-for-kapiti-coast-district-council/