LOCKYER ELECTION: Updated list of confirmed candidates

IN A little over a month, rate payers across the region will cast their votes to elect councillors to oversee the next four years of local governance in the Lockyer Valley.

In the coming weeks, the Gatton Star will bring you all you need to know about the issues that will shape the election and who as thrown their hat in the ring to represent you.

This list of candidates will continue to be updated as more candidates announce their intentions and links to profiles on them, so make sure to bookmark it and check back regularly.

SITTING COUNCILLORS:

Lockyer Valley Mayor, Tanya Milligan
Lockyer Valley Mayor, Tanya Milligan

Mayor Tanya Milligan: Will run

Lockyer Valley Regional Councillor Jason Cook.
Lockyer Valley Regional Councillor Jason Cook.

Deputy Mayor Jason Cook: Will run

Reason for running: "I have enjoyed being part of a team that has delivered a surplus each year."

Lockyer Valley Regional Councillor Janice Holstein.
Lockyer Valley Regional Councillor Janice Holstein. Contributed

Councillor Janice Holstein: Will run

Reason for running: "I think I still have a lot to offer the region. And I would like to see us do a lot more roadworks and in particular foot path networks which are greatly needed in our towns."

Lockyer Valley Regional Councillor Michael Hagan.
Lockyer Valley Regional Councillor Michael Hagan.

Councillor Michael Hagan: Will run

Reason for running: "I've come to that decision as we have worked well together to achieve what we have so far but there is still work to be done."

IT'S ON: Candidate Rick Vela leads the tally by more than 750 booth votes in the 2018 Lockyer Valley Regional Council by-election.
IT'S ON: Candidate Rick Vela leads the tally by more than 750 booth votes in the 2018 Lockyer Valley Regional Council by-election.

Councillor Rick Vela: Will Run

Reason for running: "Representing your community as an elected member is a privilege. While at times it can be a challenging position, it is also very rewarding. I would be honoured to be given a second opportunity."

Lockyer Valley Regional Councillor Chris Wilson.
Lockyer Valley Regional Councillor Chris Wilson.

Councillor Chris Wilson: Will Run

Reason for running: "I believe as a council we have shown commitment to financial sustainability. We have made some great progress in this area. However, there is still a long way to go and I want to be a part of that journey."

Councillor Kathy McLean: Yet to respond

NEW CANDIDATES

LVRC candidate Meachelle Roelofs
LVRC candidate Meachelle Roelofs Contributed

Meachelle Roelofs

Reason for running: "I am passionate about our region and have demonstrated that passion through years of dedication and hard work as a volunteer and business owner. I believe I have the skills, experience, and passion to assist and guide the future direction of our local community during a period of growth." 

Dave Neuendorf
Dave Neuendorf

Dave Neuendorf

Reason for running: "I don't think we're getting represented anymore. We need to go back to the old wards or divisions. We haven't got any rural councillors."

Regina Samykanu Vuthapanich
Regina Samykanu Vuthapanich Contributed

Regina Samykanu Vuthapanich

Reason for running: "I'm a graduate of the University of Queensland in Agriculture and Horticulture - so I have a background in one of the largest industries in the Valley. I've been involved in the community for a long time in several levels - from the youth to the elderly."

Lockyer Valley council candidate Mark Newton
Lockyer Valley council candidate Mark Newton Contributed

Mark Newton

Reason for running: "We have been here for more than 20 years now and our children are here. So we want to maintain that lifestyle but also improve it for future generations."

Lockyer Valley Council candidate Kerri MacMahon.
Lockyer Valley Council candidate Kerri MacMahon. Contributed

Kerri MacMahon

Reason for running: "I am excited about the future of the Lockyer Valley and want to play a vital role in its growth. Understanding the needs of our region is important and I am passionate about community outcomes. I want to be part of the elected arm of Council; driving our region towards a great future." 

Lockyer Valley Regional Council candidate Brett Qualischefski. Picture: Dominic Elsome
Lockyer Valley Regional Council candidate Brett Qualischefski. Picture: Dominic Elsome Dominic Elsome

Brett Qualischefski

Reason for Running: "I think with the rapid change in local government … the community, finally, are looking out and reaching out for people with qualifications and experience to face that head on."


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