The mayoral race is on
By ADRIAN MILLER
CLARENCE Valley councillor Chris Gulaptis will challenge mayor Ian Tiley at the council's mayoral vote next week.
Cr Gulaptis, who lost the first mayoral ballot by one vote in March, said he would run against Cr Tiley because he believed in the eyes of the public he was the preferred candidate.
"In a democracy, leadership requires a mandate from the people and that's what I had at the last election and I'm going to stand on that basis," he said.
Cr Tiley said he would stand for re-election as mayor next week but would not speculate on votes or whether he was confident of securing victory.
Cr Gulaptis said council and staff needed to work closer together and he would ensure that would happen if he was chosen to lead.
"We really need to have a grip on how the management team is running things because one hears rumblings within the community and one needs to attend to these rumblings to ensure that it doesn't become a problem," he said.
Cr Gulaptis said he would also lobby both the State and Federal governments to obtain financial assistance to resolve some of the costs of amalgam- ation.
Cr Tiley said he was pleased with the way council had been functioning so far and would continue council's positive work.
"We've been going nearly six months now and it's coming together well and there's a real cooperative, generous spirit at all levels," he said.