Mayoral race hots up – Four candidates put hands up for top job

SEVERAL candidates have put their hands up to run for Derwent Valley Mayor.

To date (January 12th) four people have announced their intention, two current councillors, a former councillor and a local arts community identity.

Locals have until 6pm tomorrow, January 13, to enrol.

Nominations for mayor and the new councillor close on Thursday, January 20.

Postal ballot packs will be delivered from January 25 with polling to close on February 22, with the winners expected to be announced the following day.

Acting Mayor Jessica Cosgrove said she would put her hat in the ring. “I am proud of the fact I was elected as the first female Derwent Valley Deputy Mayor, the first female Derwent Valley Acting Mayor, and would love to follow that through with being elected as the first female Derwent Valley Mayor,”

Ms Cosgrove said. “I have proved my credibility, courage, compassion and commitment; especially during challenging times of adversity.
“I am a very proud and passionate member of the Derwent Valley community (in which I have lived in my entire life) and the genuine love I have for our beautiful region is what motivates me.’’

Councillor Julie Triffett, a nurse and well-known community leader, will also seek the position of mayor. She previously stood for mayor in 2018 when Ben Shaw won.

New Norfolk small business owner and arts community member Michelle Dracoulis will also make a run for the position.
“It will not be an easy run and I will need to be elected as both Councillor and Mayor to take the seat,’’ mother-of-four Ms Dracoulis said.
“I am the owner/operator of a small photography business and have a background in aged care and dementia and palliative respite.
“One of my priorities if elected for council is to consult with local people and groups to connect our amazing community in a way that promotes harmony and benefits all.”

The fourth candidate to date is retired land surveyor Peter Binny, a former Derwent Valley councillor with 13 years experience on the council.