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Johns joins the Western Ward race

Johns joins the Western Ward race
Carol Johns has tossed her name in the election ring.

There are now four candidates for the western ward by-election, with nominations closing at midday on Thursday.
This ward is the western area of the Ashburton District, the biggest geographical area.
Community event organiser, Carol Johns, has become the latest to come forward to fill the vacant seat at the Ashburton District Council.
The by-election comes after the passing of councillor Rodger Letham in December.
Johns joins Dame Lynda Topp, Hayden Tasker, and Rob Mackle.
Like the other three candidates, Johns was unsuccessful in her bid in last year’s election, where she stood in the Ashburton ward alongside rural contractor Tasker.
Topp was the only other candidate to stand on the western ward, behind incumbents deputy mayor Liz McMillan and Letham.
Mackle, who farms just out of Ashburton, stood in the eastern ward.
With nominations closing on Thursday, the election will open on April 20 and close on May 12.
The successful candidate will then be sworn in as a councillor for the rest of the council term, with the western ward councillors also sitting on the Methven Community Board.
Tasker attended the board meeting on Monday.

  • By Jonathan Leask