See who’s running for Council - check the latest nominations 26 July 2019 It’s been one week since nominations for the Local Elections 2019 opened and we’ve already received six nominations. Check who they are. Here are the nominations as of 26 July: Mayoral Candidates Sandra Goudie Councillor Candidates 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 Community Board Candidates Tairua-Pauanui COMMUNITY BOARD (Four community board members will be elected from this ward) Warwick Brooks Whangamata COMMUNITY BOARD (Four community board members will be elected from this ward) Dave Ryan Nominations close at noon on Friday 16 August, so if you’re contemplating running as a candidate for Mayor, Council, one of our five Community Boards or for Waikato Regional Council, start preparing your paperwork now. 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 Officer Thames-Coromandel District Council C/- Independent Election Services Ltd PO Box 5135 Wellesley Street Auckland 1141 Or, put in your paperwork to any of our Council offices: • Council’s Main Office 515 Mackay Street, Thames • Coromandel Service Centre 355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel Town • Mercury Bay Service Centre 10 Monk Street, Whitianga • Whangamata Service Centre 620 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. We’ve already been told about one session: Saturday, 14 September Whangamata - 5pm Memorial Hall, 326 Port Rd. 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.