Step up and stand for Council

Waikato District Council logoIf you see yourself as a potential leader and are passionate about your district, then now’s your chance to give local politics a go and have a say in your community’s future.

Nominations for candidates wanting to stand in this year’s Waikato district elections have now opened.

Waikato District Council’s electoral officer Dale Ofsoske says anyone wanting to stand as a candidate for Waikato District Council or for their community board should get their nominations in.

Nominations close at noon on Friday 12 August.

“We are encouraging anyone who wants to make a difference in the local community to stand,” he said.

“This is your chance to shape your community and make sure it is not overlooked.  Mayors and councillors exercise a leadership role in our towns, cities and regions and represent the views of the community.

“We need a range of elected members of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to ensure our council represents the diversity of our community.  Anyone over the age of 18 can stand for election as long as they are a New Zealand citizen and enrolled on the electoral roll.”

Voting papers will be sent out from 16 September 2016 and must be received by the council before midday on Election Day, 8 October 2016.

“To encourage more people to put their names forward, our Council is also holding a candidate information evening at 6pm on Tuesday 19 July in the Council Chambers in Ngaruawahia.”

For further information click here, or here.   Phone Dale Ofsoske on 0800 922 822 or email.

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