Few women running as nomination deadline looms

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Just two women have put their hand up for a seat at the council table, as the nomination period draws to a close.

Nominations for local government elections close at noon tomorrow, and as of yesterday afternoon, 11 nominations had been received for the 10 Queenstown Lakes District Council seats.

Among them are two women, incumbent Wakatipu ward councillor Penny Clark and Wanaka ward candidate Cherilyn Walthew.

New additions to the nominee list yesterday included current deputy mayor Calum MacLeod and Queenstown Taxis boss Grant Scannell.

They join Wakatipu ward candidates John Glover, Glyn Lewers, Craig Ferguson and John MacDonald, Wanaka candidates Quentin Smith and Barry Bruce, and sole Arrowtown candidate Heath Copland.

Two nominations, incumbent Jim Boult and former candidate Al Angus, have been received for the mayoralty.

As for the Otago Regional Council, five candidates have so far been nominated for the three Dunstan ward seats.

They include Alexa Forbes, Gary Kelliher, Phill Hunt, Richard Bowman and Graeme Bell.

Election voting closes on October 12.

– DAISY HUDSON