Standing for re-election

by Mike Isle

Selwyn District Council’s sitting mayor Sam Broughton has put his name into the hat again, and at this stage, it appears it will be a two-horse race.

As well as Broughton, Bill Woods, a former one-term mayor, who served from 1992 until 1995, has put in his nomination for the mayoralty as well as for the Malvern Ward and the Tawera Community Subdivision of the Malvern Community Board.

He has been unsuccessful in his bid for the mayoralty in the last three elections and the previous two elections for the Malvern Ward.

Broughton swept into power in 2016 when he successfully ran against four candidates. Broughton’s winning margin over second-placed candidate Pat McEvedy was 720. Woods came in fourth.

When elected Sam Broughton was one of the country’s youngest mayors.

A former youth worker, and Darfield resident, 38-year-old Broughton has served his first-term as a full-time mayor. At the time of his 2016 election, he said he hoped to serve as the district’s mayor for at least three terms. The 2019 Local Body Elections are in October. Nominations close on August 16.