WITH just one day left for candidates to nominate for the September local government elections, two new names have crept up on the Electoral Commission website while a few are still noticeably missing.
Yesterday The Daily Examiner spoke to Maclean woman Jane Beeby and Yamba woman Margot Scott who have both entered the election race.
Ms Beeby, who works at Maclean Post Office, decided to make a stand because she said she felt she could bring a "fresh, modern approach" to the way things were done in the Valley.
"I am able to think laterally; I stand for genuine community consultation and engagement, and hope to see greater transparency in the way things are done," she said.
"I care deeply about the Clarence Valley and know there is so much potential here we can tap into, without compromising what is good and what already works."
As a mother of two, Ms Beeby's late son and my 17-year-old daughter were both educated at Maclean High School.
"I understand the challenges we face as parents and caregivers, and have a keen awareness about the sort of world I'd like to leave my grandchildren," she said.
Margot Scott is a self-employed celebrant and a career counsellor and said it was current councillor Sue Hughes who inspired her to put her hand up.
"I'd been thinking about it for a while and so decided to bit the bullet," she said.
Ms Scott said she had corporate experience and was also passionate about the area.
"I want to see growth and prosperity for whole region," she said. "I want to see more jobs created and things looking brighter than they are."
Rumours are circulating this week that current councillor Ian Tiley will not run again, despite him telling DEX last month he would stand. He was unable to be contacted yesterday.
Nominations close at noon tomorrow.
Joy de Roos
These are the candidates who have verbally confirmed their intentions with DEX and not restricted to the list at the Electoral Commission's website