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■ * The nomination of candidates for the office of mayor for the Borough of Port Chalmers took place at noon yesterday in the Town Hall, about forty ratepayers being present. The returning officer (Mr Leek) read the following nominations:— William Martin Innes, proposed by Reginald Burke Dyer and Andrew Burns Imuie John Mill proposed by John Morgan and Archibald Campbell Fitj.larton. Mr Innes said he would not detain those present by making a speech, but would be happy to meet the ratepayers on Tuesday next, when he would explain all that had been done in the Council during the past twelve months, and also his views of what should be done in the future by the Council. Mr Mill said that doubtless he would be expected to explain why he was a candidate for the mayoralty. Having never been a member of the Council, and considering that the mayor should be chosen from one of the councillors, it was necessary that he should make an explanation as to why he appeared before them. The answer was that no councillor had offered his services. When a large deputation waited upon him asking him to stand he asked if any councillor was likely to seek election; if so, he would not oppose him ; and he was only prepared on those grounds to offer his services. Although he had never been a member of the Council, tbey were all aware that he had taken an active interest in the l'oresters' society, in the Harbor Board, in the School Committee, and the Mechanics' Institute, and he had done his utmost in anythin" that would benefit the town. On those grounds he offered his services, and if returned he trusted he would be able to smooth the troubled waters in the Council for same little time.-(Hear, hear) He would leave himself entirely in the ratepayers' hands, and if they accepted his services he trusted he would not disgrace any of them. Mr Innes proposed a vote of thanks to the returning officer, which Mr Mill seconded

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PORT CHALMERS MAYORALTY, Evening Star, Issue 10473, 17 November 1897

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PORT CHALMERS MAYORALTY Evening Star, Issue 10473, 17 November 1897