The race is on to be mayor of Hastings District after Lawrence Yule became MP for Tukituki.

There are six candidates hoping to replace him: Bayden Barber, Sandra Hazlehurst, Simon Nixon, Stuart Perry, Allister Tosh and Waitawhara Tupaea.

In the second of four videos Local Focus asked the candidates: "What inspired you to run for mayor?"

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Ballots are due in letter boxes for postal voting in November and if sitting councillors
Bayden Barber, Sandra Hazlehurst or Simon Nixon become mayor, another by-election will be necessary ahead of the normal election cycle in 2009.

See also: Local Focus: Hastings mayoral candidates have issues

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