The race to be elected in October's local body elections has officially started with nominations now open for budding candidates.

On October 8, Northlanders will vote for members of the Whangarei (WDC), Far North (FNDC) and Kaipara (KDC) district councils, Northland Regional Council (NRC) and Northland District Health Board.

Nominations for those wanting to stand opened yesterday and close on August 12.

Candidates will generally promote themselves from the time their nominations are confirmed until the end of the election period.

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Often they will use newspaper or radio advertising, billboards and leaflets delivered to mailboxes. Some may use the internet.

Candidates will also attend public meetings where they can present their views and answer questions from electors. The Northern Advocate will also run candidate profiles during the campaign.

Candidates may also provide a "candidate profile statement" to the electoral officer with their nomination, which the officer has to include with the voting documents posted to electors. This information might also be on the local council's website. A number of information evenings for potential council candidates have already been organised across Northland.