Nominations for local councils rise around the region

Nominations for local councils rise around the region

A total of 45 hopefuls have nominated for the Orange city council elections to be held next month, before nominations closed yesterday.

There are only ten women who have nominated this year, to replace the only current female councillor, Fiona Rossiter, who will not be re-running this election.

This figure is down from the last election, where there were 15 women nominated.

However, the overall number of nominations received has risen from 42 last time around.

Orange Mayor John Davis is calling for ratepayers to vote for a council capable of working as a cohesive group, after announcing he will run in this year’s elections.

Councillor Davis refuses to be drawn on potential conflict between himself and nominees from the Orange Ratepayers Association who have been vocal critics of the council.

His ticket includes councillor and television cameraman Jason Hambling, sports coach administrator Michael Grey, fundraiser retiree Jan Savage, sports administrator Dave Cleal and small business operator and physiotherapist Justin Johnson.

Councillor Davis says Orange voters have the potential to elect one of the best councils the city has seen in years.

Meanwhile 35 have thrown their hat in the ring in Bathurst.

Current Mayor Greg Westman is running a ticket along with 3 others, including Councillor Warren Aubin and newcomer Jess Jennings

In Lithgow 40 candidates are running, none of which include current Mayor Neville Castle.  

Meanwhile in Oberon, Mayor Don Fitzpatrick won’t be putting his hat in the ring again to run for another term, leaving the 9 candidates with a seat each on the local council.

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