Council candidates

LOCAL elections are happening on September 8 and four candidates who live in the Mid to Lower Richmond have put up their hands to become councillors.

The Rivertown Times has asked each of them to provide in 40 words or less why they are standing for council. Their words are printed right.

They, along with 13 candidates from the Casino area, will be vying for the recently reduced number of six councillors and one mayoral position in Richmond Valley.

Robert Hayes, Margaret Stewart and Daniel Simpson are running on the ticket "A Fresh Minded Team", while Roger Wood is on the ticket with Cr Owen Crawford and Gwen Hickling.

Last edition, the Rivertown Times profiled the mayoral candidates. However Cr Donella Kinnish has since pulled out of the race.

"Everything changed last week when my husband asked me to assist him with his project," Cr Kinnish said.

"It was an agonising decision and one which I tossed around quite a bit because I believed I had a pretty good chance."

Rivertown Times will profile the Casino candidates in the next edition.

Robert Hayes, Evans Head

My main objectives if elected as councillor will be to work alongside the general manager and the mayor to encourage sound common sense-based business decision making processes within council. Support the growth of small business across the entire RVC and work as a representative of the views and ideas of all of the RVC residents.

Margaret Stewart, Evans Head

My main focus if elected will be to work with the new council and support business-orientated decision making within council. Encourage the growth of small business and combined tourism across the Richmond Valley Council, including all the small towns and villages. Be a representative for all the ratepayers in the Richmond Valley Council.

Daniel Simpson, New Italy

I am passionate about our area, its social, environmental and economic development and improving facilities in the Richmond Valley. I am well-known in the area for my strong work ethic and community and family values. I am looking to bring a common-sense approach to issues and wish to help realign the council with the people it serves.

Roger Wood, Bora Ridge

For 12 years RVC's performance has been appalling - huge financial losses, regulatory persecution and at war with its community. Our new general manager has begun a wonderful new ratepayer-friendly culture at RVC. I'd like to ensure the philosophy's continuation.

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