Cr Ray Jeffery.
Cr Ray Jeffery. The Northern Star

Councillor's death triggers March 14 by-election

 A BY-ELECTION to replace Richmond Valley councillor Ray Jeffery, who was killed in a car accident just before Christmas, will be held on March 14.

The poll is expected to cost the council up to $100,000.

While no nominations have been received for the vacancy so far, there is a lot of talk within the community about potential candidates.

One of those could be retired school teacher Jim McCormack.

Mr McCormack, who also volunteers with the SES, said he was still making up his mind.

“I’ve just retired from my job. I was a teacher for 37 years, and principal for the last six years, so I’m not sure,” he said.

“Being a councillor is a big commitment.

“I retired because I wanted to concentrate on my farm at Swan Bay and my family.”

Michael Greentree, who ran on Mayor Col Sullivan’s ticket at the last election, is expected to run again.

It is believed that Evans Head First National partner and director, David Mason, is also considering standing in the by-election.

However, he dismissed the speculation yesterday. “It’s not something I would even entertain. I’m too busy with work,” he said.

Mayor Col Sullivan said he was looking forward to having a full team again.

“There is still sadness within the community,” he said.

“But there is definitely interest in the by-election and who might run.”

Cr Sullivan said the cost of the by-election was a concern.

“We could do without that cost. It will end up costing between $80,000 and $100,000,” he said.

“But we need the extra councillor. It’s sort of like we’re starting again.”

Richmond Valley residents must check their enrolment details before February 2. Visit www.elections.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 135 736.


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