Two weeks left for election candidates to file their nomination papers 02 August 2019 We’re half-way through the election candidate nomination period and we’ve received 16 nominations so far. Nominations close at noon on Friday 16 August, so if you’re contemplating running as a candidate for Mayor, Council (eight positions available), one of our five Community Boards (four positions for each board) or for Waikato Regional Council, start preparing your paperwork now. In total, our Council has 29 elected members. We would like more than this number of people to step up and put their nominations in so that voters have a choice of candidates come election time. If not enough candidates come forward to fill all the roles, byelections will be held in the relevant wards or board areas in early 2020, at additional cost to ratepayers. Here are the nominations as of 2 August: Mayoral Candidates Sandra Goudie Councillor Candidates Coromandel-Colville WARD (One councillor will be elected from this ward) John Morrissey Mercury Bay WARD (Two councillors will be elected from this ward) Tony Fox Murray McLean South Eastern WARD (Two councillors will be elected from this ward) Dave Ryan Thames WARD (Three councillors will be elected from this ward) Rex Simpson Murray Wakelin Community Board Candidates Coromandel-Colville COMMUNITY BOARD (Four community board members will be elected from this ward) Peter Pritchard Jan Autumn Mercury Bay COMMUNITY BOARD (Four community board members will be elected form this ward) Rekha Giri-Percival Tairua-Pauanui COMMUNITY BOARD (Four community board members will be elected from this ward) Warwick Brooks Barry Swindles Thames COMMUNITY BOARD (Four community board members will be elected from this ward) Michael Brewerton Strat Peters Whangamata COMMUNITY BOARD (Four community board members will be elected from this ward) Dave Ryan Gaye Barton We want to encourage people from all walks of life and all occupations to consider running for office. The more diversity there is among candidates, the more representative of our communities our elected members will be. The Mayor, Councillors and Community Board members are key decision makers who participate in meeting the current and future needs for infrastructure, services and regulations. For an overview of our district, including Council finances, major projects, planned future direction, challenges and opportunities, read our Pre-Election Report. To be eligible to stand for election, you just need to be a New Zealand citizen, be on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll, and be nominated by two electors whose names appear on the electoral roll within the area that you’re standing for. Nomination forms are available on our website at tcdc.govt.nz/elections or from any of our Council offices. The nomination forms are editable PDFs which you can download and fill in on your computer. We are using these for the first time because it makes the entries more legible. Once the nomination form is filled in, print it, sign it, and return by post to: The Electoral OfficerThames-Coromandel District CouncilC/- Independent Election Services LtdPO Box 5135Wellesley StreetAuckland 1141 Or, put in your paperwork to any of our Council offices: • Council’s Main Office515 Mackay Street, Thames • Coromandel Service Centre355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel Town • Mercury Bay Service Centre10 Monk Street, Whitianga • Whangamata Service Centre620 Port Road, Whangamata Don’t forget your supporting material, such as your candidate profile statement (optional, but highly recommended as this goes in the voting packs and is a good opportunity to tell people about yourself), your photo, proof of New Zealand citizenship, and $200 nomination deposit (which is refunded if the candidate polls greater than 25 percent of the lowest successful candidate). The 2019 Candidate Information Handbook contains all the information you need to know about candidate eligibility, the nomination process, pay for elected members, campaigning, electoral donations and expenses, voting, and much more. It’s available to download from our website at tcdc.govt.nz/elections. Don’t leave lodging your nomination to the last minute because if there is a mistake or ineligible nominators are provided, there may not be enough time make corrections. Get set to vote "Meet The Candidate," information sessions are being arranged around the Coromandel by different ratepayer groups and organisations. Let us know if you're organising one and we'll help get the word out. Either email firstname.lastname@example.org or let our customer services team know by calling 07 868 0200. Saturday 14 September: Tairua - 3pm Community Hall, 210 Main Rd. Hosted by Tairua Ratepayers' and Residents' Association. Whangamata - 5pm Memorial Hall, 326 Port Rd. Hosted by Whangamata Ratepayers' Association. Voting packs will be posted from 20 September and votes must be returned by noon on 12 October to be counted. If you live in Thames-Coromandel District, make sure you’re on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll in order to vote. If you’re not sure you’re registered to vote, check on the Elections Commission website elections.org.nz or phone 0800 ENROLNOW (0800 367 656). If you don’t live here permanently, but own a property here, you can probably still vote. Make sure you’re registered on the Ratepayer Electoral Roll. Ratepayer Roll enrolment forms are available on our website at tcdc.govt.nz/elections, at our Council offices, or phone the electoral office on 0800 922 822. The more people who vote, the more likely Council decisions and actions will reflect community needs and aspirations.