In November, every community in the state will have the opportunity to choose which individuals will represent them for the coming four years when voters go to the polls for the 2018 South Australian Council elections.
There already seems to be plenty of interest about the election in Kimba, with several community members quizzing Elected Members during recent community consultation about the process of nominating, and what they had to do to ensure their voice will be heard when votes are cast on November 9.
In addition, I know Executive staff have already provided information to some prospective candidates who have indicated that they are considering throwing their hat into the ring to become one of the seven Elected Members entrusted to represent constituents of the Kimba Local Government Area until 2022.
As Mayor, it’s great to see, because the more people we have running as candidates, the greater options voters will have to put a number beside the name of the nominees they believe best represent them and their interests. Put simply, the democratic process in Kimba will be stronger for every additional candidate who nominates, and for every extra resident who ensures they are eligible to vote.
Council will be running a series of information sessions for potential candidates and voters over the next two months, and the Local Government Association of South Australia is putting the final touches on a new-look handbook and digital resources that will provide nominees with all the information they need to make a decision about whether or not being an Elected Member is for them.
Keep an eye out in your letterbox, on community noticeboards and social media for the dates – I encourage as many of you as possible to attend to chat to current Elected Members and staff about the realities of Council service, and what commitment will be needed from those who decide to run.
The key dates to remember at this stage are August 10 for the close of the electoral roll, and September 18 for the close of nominations.
Serving on Council isn’t for everyone, but I know I speak for my fellow Elected Members when I say that it is a privilege to be able to help develop Kimba for current and future generations.
Kimba District Council Mayor