AT LEAST eight people will contest the West Wimmera Shire Council elections, but Mayor Annette Jones has decided against running.
Cr Jones was elected to council in 2012.
She said deciding not to stand again was a difficult decision to make.
“I have been appreciative of the number of people who have spoken to me hopeful that I will re-stand,” she said.
“There is no ‘job done' moment within local government and while I can look back over the past four years and point to some achievements, there is still so much to do and significant challenges ahead for West Wimmera Shire.
“I have taken my role very seriously.
“I have willingly contributed long hours and of course, this has affected my family.
“They have accepted without complaint my long absences and our rather chaotic home life.
“After four years it's now important that I put them first.”
Cr Jones said she was proud to have served as mayor for the past two years.
“I have had the opportunity to meet many remarkable people from across West Wimmera Shire and from further afield,” she said.
“During this time I have advocated and lobbied on behalf of our shire.
“We have had some notable successes and I am particularly proud of my role and achievement in obtaining $1.5 million in drought relief funding.
“This money will bring lasting benefits to our shire.”
Cr Richard Wait and long-serving councillors Ron Hawkins and Warren Wait will also not be contesting their positions at the election.
Eight people have already announced they will run for council, including Cr Bruce Meyer.
Other candidates will be Edenhope’s Jennifer Ackland, Kaniva’s Richard Hicks, Edenhope’s Trevor Domaschenz, Minimay’s Jodie Pretlove, Harrow’s Tom Houlihan, Goroke’s Rebecca Sluggett and Goroke’s Rosemary Medlock.
Nominations close on Tuesday.