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Barry Dowler to stand for community board

November 22nd, 2016

Barry Dowler is standing for the vacant fourth position on the Motueka Community Board, having just missed out on retaining his District Council seat in the October local body election.

With nominations opening for the community board by-election on Thursday, Barry (pictured) told the Nelson Mail that he had decided to put his hand up.

He said that as deputy chair of Council's Engineering Services committee, he knew of many projects in the pipeline for Motueka and he wanted to help get them done.

"If I get elected, I could help drive some of that through the community board," he told the Mail. "I think I could be of value to the cause. I don't want to waste the last nine years."

Barry had served three terms (nine years) on the Tasman District Council, and prior to that four years on the Motueka Community Board.

The by-election was brought about because in October Paul Hawkes stood for both Council and community board (uncontested), and was elected to both. The Council seat was the higher position so his community board seat needs to be filled.

Paul got just 40 more votes than Barry in the Council election. It is generally understood that Barry had a very low-profile election campaign as he had both his hips replaced just at the start of the campaign.

Nominations for the vacant community board seat close on December 22nd. If only one candidate is nominated and an election is not required, public notice declaring the result of the election would be made on December 27.

If other nominations are received and an election is required, voting papers would be delivered late in January with voting closing at noon on polling day, February 17th. Only people on the electoral roll for the Motueka Ward will be eligible to vote.

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