Long-serving councillor Margaret Murray-Benge is one of two candidates standing against the incumbent Garry Webber in the contest for the Western Bay of Plenty mayoralty.

Webber became mayor after former mayor Ross Paterson stepped down in 2016 and Murray-Benge has served as a councillor in the district for 15 years.

Murray-Benge is well-known for her campaigning for safer roads throughout the Bay of Plenty and is the chairwoman of the Joint Road Safety Committee.

Stephen Fawcett, a community volunteer, is also running for mayor.

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He is the founder of Vector Group Charitable Trust, which, among other things, heads up Te Puke Film – an initiative to give youth and the community opportunity for creativity.

Webber lauds the improved financial performance of the council as being a stand-out achievement of his mayoralty, something he attributes to his business acumen.

Murray-Benge, Fawcett and Webber are three of 24 different people running for seats on Western Bay of Plenty District Council. The Western Bay wards cover the Kaimai area, Waihī Beach, Katikati, Maketū, Te Puke, and Ōmokoroa through 12 elected members.

The final candidate list shows those in the running are:

Mayor of Western Bay of Plenty - one seat: Margaret Murray-Benge; Garry Webber; Stephen Fawcett

Margaret Murray-Benge is throwing her hat into the mayoralty ring in the 2019 Elections. Photo / Supplied
Margaret Murray-Benge is throwing her hat into the mayoralty ring in the 2019 Elections. Photo / Supplied
Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Garry Webber, who is contending for the role again in this year's local body elections. Photo / File
Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Garry Webber, who is contending for the role again in this year's local body elections. Photo / File

Kaimai Ward - four seats:

Suaree Borell

Mark Dean

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John Evans

Murray Grainger

Margaret Murray-Benge

John Palmer

Don Thwaites

Katikati-Waihī Beach Ward - three seats:
Neil Candy
John Clements
James Denyer
Anne Henry
Christina Humphreys
Tangiwai Manihera-Palmer
David Marshall
Allan Sole
Kevin Tohiariki
George Van Dyke

Maketū-Te Puke Ward - four seats:
Grant Dally
Stephen Fawcett
Mike Lally
Monique Lints
Kevin Marsh
John Scrimgeour

In addition to the councillor seats, 32 people are contending for a role on the district's community boards. They are:

Katikati Community Board - four seats:
John Clements
Neil Harray
Christina Humphreys
Norm Mayo
Kate Sutherland
George Van Dyke
Ben Warren
Kamal Yadav

Maketū Community Board - four seats:
William Ra Anaru
Shane Beech
Juliette Brawn
Wendy Mcfayden
Laura Rae
Stephan Simpson

Ōmokoroa Community Board - four seats:
John Evans
Peter Presland
Derek Sage
Teresa Sage
Puran Bhag Singh

Te Puke Community Board - four seats:
Richard Crawford
Gina Davies
Joan Dugmore
Kassie Ellis
Stephen Fawcett
Larissa Hika
Richard McNair
Tupaea Rolleston
Dale Snell

Waihī Beach Community Board:
Ross Goudie
Bob Hulme
Marilyn Roberts
Don Ryan