Murray Douglas to stand for council

By Lawrence Gullery

Former Hawke's Bay Chamber of Commerce chief executive Murray Douglas has indicated he'll contest a seat on the regional council when people head to voting booths in October.

Mr Douglas was appointed as a regional councillor in June, following the departure of councillor Eileen von Dadelszen, who left to take up a job with the Environment Court.

"The regional council is fortunate in having a full regional overview of issues and I am standing to again take a strong interest in water issues, seeking to improve council efficiency and a focus on regional economic development.

"Having been appointed to the vacancy on council following the resignation of Eileen von Dadelszen as the next highest polling candidate I have some understanding of the role and am keen to continue to support and grow Hawke's Bay."

Mr Douglas left the chamber at the end of 2012 to concentrate on his food growing business. He was co-director of Te Mata Figs a new specialist fig grower, processor and exporter near Havelock North. He was keen to help the region realise its potential and not set out with the "knockers and can't be done folk" who were bent on frustrating progress and growth.

He said his past work as chief executive of councils in Sydney, Dunedin and Waikato and business roles in Dunedin Holdings provided "considerable knowledge" of how councils operated and benefited communities.

Election day will be Saturday, October 12.

In Flaxmere, there will also be an election for the members of the Flaxmere Licensing Trust. Those who live in the Mohaka or Kahuranaki wards of the Hastings district will be able to vote for a member of the Hastings District Council's rural community board who represents their area. People in Hastings will also be able to vote in the fluoride referendum, if their property receives a fluoridated water supply.

Prospective candidates must get a nomination form from an electoral officer at their council. Nominations open on July 19 and close on August 16. Every candidate pays a deposit of $200 for each position they stand for. The money is refunded if the candidate is elected or achieves more than 25 per cent of the votes of the lowest successful candidate for that position. Election signs can be erected any time but must be removed no later than October 19.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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