Two mayors keen to go on

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten, Meander Valley Mayor Craig Perkins, West Tamar Mayor Barry Easther and Northern Midlands Mayor Kim Polley. Only Cr Polley and Cr Perkins have confirmed that they will run for the position again in elections this year.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten, Meander Valley Mayor Craig Perkins, West Tamar Mayor Barry Easther and Northern Midlands Mayor Kim Polley. Only Cr Polley and Cr Perkins have confirmed that they will run for the position again in elections this year.

JUST two of the North's serving mayors have indicated that they will definitely nominate to hold their position, four months from this year's council elections.

Northern Midlands Mayor Kim Polley and Meander Valley Mayor Craig Perkins yesterday said that they would ask for the mayoral vote from their respective communities this October.

Cr Polley, who has served as a mayor for 14 years, said she enjoyed the job too much to leave it this year.

"As a council, we're looking for a new direction and I want to be part of that," she said.

"I want to ensure we have a steady hand on our municipality and our future in the Northern Midlands."

Meander Valley Mayor Craig Perkins said he believed he would be capable leading the council through the constrained financial environment that would be imposed on local government over the next several years.

"And I enjoy being a mayor of a good council with good councillors and engaging with the community," he said.

Local government electoral changes mean that mayor and deputy mayor terms will be set at four years instead of two.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten, Dorset Mayor Barry Jarvis and West Tamar Barry Easther said they had not decided whether to stand for the top job again.

Break O'Day Mayor Sarah Schmerl earlier this year announced she would not stand in this year's election, which leaves the field on the East Coast open to a fresh round of candidates.

Election nominations open on September 15 and close on September 29.

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