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WITH less than two months till nominations for the local body elections open, Mountain Scene whipped round our existing councillors, to see where their heads are at — and despite only one categorically saying they’re out, there’s every chance it’ll be a fresh-faced bunch leading Queenstown through the next three years, including a new mayor.
Nominations for local body elections open on July 15 and close on August 12 at noon, sharp. This year’s election takes place on October 8

PENNY CLARK
Age: 71
Terms: Two
In/Out: Undecided
‘‘I’m contemplating the situation, assessing the future.’’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


HEATH COPLAND
Age: 42
Terms: One
In/Out: Unsure
‘‘I haven’t made an official decision.’’

 


CRAIG ‘FERG’ FERGUSON
Age: 63
Terms: Three
In/Out: Unsure
‘‘I feel extremely fortunate to have got three terms out of the community, so to go
back and seek a fourth term is a pretty big ask, but I just have to weigh it all up. Firmly
unsure at this stage.’’

 


NIKI GLADDING
Age: 47
Terms: One
In/Out: In
‘‘I’m 99% sure I’ll put my hand up — you never know what’s going to happen between now and signing the pieces of paper, but my intention is definitely to put my hand up
again.’’

 


GLYN LEWERS
Age: 43
Terms: One
In/Out: Unsure
‘‘I’m still thinking about it, but I’m leaning towards putting my hand up again.’’

 


VAL MILLER
Age: 64
Terms: Two
In/Out: Out
‘‘I have decided it is time for me to spend some time on myself and family. I want to keep on working as a doctor. I don’t have the energy for [all of] medicine, the council and the time I now owe to myself and my family.’’

 


QUENTIN SMITH (Wānaka)
Age: 45
Terms: Two
In/Out: In
‘‘I plan to run again, short of any unforeseen changes in the next few months. Whether I continue is up to the voters, of course.’’

 


ESTHER WHITEHEAD
Age: 47
Terms: One (elected last June in by-election)
In/Out: Unsure
‘‘I actually haven’t made a decision yet … I’m still undecided. It’s a big job and it’s a
challenging one.’’

*Calum Macleod (Wānaka) and Niamh Shaw (Wānaka) couldn’t be contacted by Scene’s
deadline