Phil Nixon, a South Taranaki dairy farmer turned deputy mayor has put his name forward for the top job and plans to share the younger people’s voice if elected in October.
Mayor Ross Dunlop, who has served four terms and was unopposed at the 2016 election, announced on Wednesday he was standing down.
He hopes to keep in touch with young people by fostering more youth involvement in running the district.
“It would be awesome in council if we could see less greying hair or lack of hair. All these bright young people out there, if we actually had them sitting at the table, we could be working with them and hear their voices,” he told Taranaki Daily News reporter Catherine Groenestein.
Nixon served a term as a South Taranaki District Councillor from 2013 to 2016, then was appointed deputy mayor for the past term.