By SALLY GORDON
FORMER Grafton mayor Shirley Adams will rival fellow Clarence Valley Council nominees with more than two decades of local government experience behind her.
Mrs Adams submitted her nomination on Monday for a position on the Clarence's new council.
The nine-member council will be elected on March 5.
Before the dissolution of the Valley's four general-purpose councils in February 2004, Mrs Adams had served on the Grafton City Council as deputy mayor for six terms and mayor for seven terms.
She also had spent time chairing the Country Mayors Association of New South Wales.
Despite her lengthy affiliation with local politics, Mrs Adams considers the election of fresh blood to the new council crucial for balance and commitment.
"I believe we have to have new people on the council," she said.
"I think we need a balance of new people and people with ex- perience."