Meet the candidates for Cowra Council

The 16 candidates in the running for Cowra Council.
The 16 candidates in the running for Cowra Council.

Since March this year, the Cowra Guardian has been running a series of stories introducing each of the candidates in the race for a seat on Cowra Council at the local government election on December 4.

The lead up to this election has been like nothing we've seen before, with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing an extra council term and a three-month voting delay, as well as a total of 16 candidates raising their hands for a seat, it's sure to be a historic decision when voters head to the polls.

But just who will be the nine people that serve on Cowra Council for the next three years?

Well, that's up to you.

To help you decide, and to help you learn more about the people on the ballot paper, we've complied all of our candidate profiles together below*:

*Please note, this list is in ballot paper order. Some stories will also state the local government elections as being held in September. These stories were written prior to the change of election date.

Nikki Kiss 

Nikki Kiss OAM has announced she will run for Cowra Council at the local government elections in September. Photo: Kelsey Sutor

Nikki Kiss OAM has announced she will run for Cowra Council at the local government elections in September. Photo: Kelsey Sutor

She's one of Cowra's most passionate and recognised volunteers and, if elected, Nikki Kiss OAM hopes to further promote a thriving community through advocacy, opportunity and resilience.

Read more about Nikki here.

Alex Cozadinos 

Cowra Council candidate Alex Cozadinos says he hopes to make a difference to the community. Photo: Kelsey Sutor

Cowra Council candidate Alex Cozadinos says he hopes to make a difference to the community. Photo: Kelsey Sutor

Candidate Alex Cozadinos says he hopes to make a difference to the local community through active listening, advocacy, empathy, integrity, reliability, strategic thinking and strong communication skills.

Read more about Alex here.

Sharon D'Elboux

Cowra Council candidate Sharon D'Elboux said filling empty shopfronts in Kendal Street will be one of her priorities. Photo: Kelsey Sutor

Cowra Council candidate Sharon D'Elboux said filling empty shopfronts in Kendal Street will be one of her priorities. Photo: Kelsey Sutor

She has 20 years' experience working in local government, and Sharon D'Elboux says she has plenty of big plans for the Cowra shire.

Read more about Sharon here.

Peter Wright

Cowra Councillor Peter Wright says he hopes to continue being a strong advocate for the farming community when residents head to the polls on December 4. Photo supplied.

Cowra Councillor Peter Wright says he hopes to continue being a strong advocate for the farming community when residents head to the polls on December 4. Photo supplied.

With three terms' experience behind him, Cowra Councillor Peter Wright says he hopes to continue being a strong advocate for the farming community when he seeks re-election on December 4.

Read more about Peter here.

Rod Buhr

Rod Buhr says a replacment low level will be a priority if he's elected to council. Photo: Matthew Chown

Rod Buhr says a replacment low level will be a priority if he's elected to council. Photo: Matthew Chown

Cowra's infrastructure, economy and the prosperity they can bring are front and centre for Rod Buhr's race for Cowra Council.

Read more about Rod here.

Rebecca Morgan

Rebecca Morgan is standing as a candidate for Cowra Council. Photo: Kelsey Sutor

Rebecca Morgan is standing as a candidate for Cowra Council. Photo: Kelsey Sutor

She may be relatively new to town, but Rebecca Morgan believes she has the skills and enthusiasm to make a real difference if elected to Cowra Council come December 4.

Read more about Rebecca here.

Ian Docker 

Cowra Rotary Club President, Ian Docker, has put his hand up to run for Cowra Council at the local government elections in December. Photo supplied.

Cowra Rotary Club President, Ian Docker, has put his hand up to run for Cowra Council at the local government elections in December. Photo supplied.

Ian Docker, who has served as Cowra Rotary Club President for the past 18 months and is an active member of the Cowra Business Chamber, said he would like to see some fresh faces on council.

Read more about Ian here.

Michael Nobes

Cr Michael Nobes says he would like to see a change in how the council meets.

Cr Michael Nobes says he would like to see a change in how the council meets.

Moving forward Cr Nobes says he'd love to see a change to how the council meets and a greater representation of women on Cowra Council.

Read more about Michael here.

Bill West 

Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West will stand for re-election. Photo supplied.

Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West will stand for re-election. Photo supplied.

With 22 years' experience on Cowra Shire Council, and 13 as mayor, Cr West says he brings a considerable amount of experience to the role.

Read more about Bill here.

Cheryl Downing

Cowra Shire Council candidate Cheryl Downing.

Cowra Shire Council candidate Cheryl Downing.

It would be fair to say serving the people of the district is in the blood of Cowra Shire Council candidate Cheryl Downing - her grandfather was a Cowra councillor and deputy mayor many years ago.

Read more about Cheryl here.

Ruth Fagan

Ruth Fagan will re-standing for Cowra Council at the upcoming elections. Photo: Kelsey Sutor

Ruth Fagan will re-standing for Cowra Council at the upcoming elections. Photo: Kelsey Sutor

Providing strong, steady leadership in the Cowra community is the reason Ruth Fagan says she will re-stand for Cowra Shire Council at the election in September.

Read more about Ruth here.

Paul Smith 

Cowra Council candidate Paul Smith is the Treasurer of Cowra Retirement Village.

Cowra Council candidate Paul Smith is the Treasurer of Cowra Retirement Village.

He's a familiar face in Kendal Street and across the region and now candidate Paul Smith hopes to bring his business experience to Cowra Council.

Read more about Paul here.

Donna Peters 

Donna Peters was the first candidate to register her intent to stand for council.

Donna Peters was the first candidate to register her intent to stand for council.

A 10-year resident of the town Ms Peters is a physiotherapy assistant at the hospital and has volunteered her time to a number of local organisations and is planning to bring enthusiasm and ideas to council if elected.

Read more about Donna here.

Erin Watt

Erin Watt is the youngest candidate in the race for council.

Erin Watt is the youngest candidate in the race for council.

As the youngest candidate, Erin Watt says the decision to put her hand up for December's local government election is a matter of making a positive impact on her community and, ultimately, diversity.

Read more about Erin here.

Judi Smith 

Cowra Shire Councillor and deputy mayor, Judi Smith

Cowra Shire Councillor and deputy mayor, Judi Smith

Cowra's deputy mayor has signalled her intention to stand again, and hopes to see more diversity and people from different backgrounds making up the next council.

Read more about Judi here.

Simon Bray 

Simon Bray is running as a candidate for Cowra Council.

Simon Bray is running as a candidate for Cowra Council.

Simon and his family moved to the region a couple of years ago and, as a father, believes there needs to be more focus on young people in Cowra.

Read more about Simon here.

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