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Local elections are looming and the region’s representatives are determining whether they step back in the ring to contest another term or take a back seat.

Central Otago district councillor Lynley Claridge confirmed she would be putting herself forward again in October.

Representing the Vincent ward, Mrs Claridge said there were many major issues facing the community now, particularly major reforms brought about by central government, and experience in the needs of the community would be the key to successfully navigating them.

‘‘We have a strong sense of community in Central Otago, we look after each other — standing together we will succeed,’’ she said.

Also intending to stand for council is Tracy Paterson.

The first-term councillor said the past three years had been a big learning curve.

‘‘I guess it’s that old adage of you’re learning a lot in your first term and start to make a heck of a lot of difference in your second.’’

In Cromwell, community board member Bob Scott had only been in the role 10 months after the shock resignation of Robin Dicey triggered a by-election in July.

However, it was enough for him to determine he would stand again in October.

‘‘Ten months which has given me a chance to understand the processes and how the council works,’’ he said.

Also fresh in the role and standing for re›election was first-term Vincent Community Board member Roger Browne, who said the experience he gained had allowed him to become a more effective advocate for his community.

In the Teviot Valley, community board member Norman Dalley said the challenges his community faced due to central government reforms were the impetus for him to stand again.

Stepping down from the Teviot Valley Community Board after four terms — three as chairman — is Raymond Gunn.

However, he would continue with his role in the New Zealand Battery Project technical reference group.

Sharleen Stirling-Lindsay is still yet to decide whether she will stand for a spot on the Vincent Community Board.

Full coverage from the elected members is online at Local elections – Who is standing again Part 2