Vote 2019: Candidate statements


It’s local body election time, and we have given candidates 150 words each to make their case for your vote.

Anna Smart
Hamilton East

When you start to scratch the surface of our business community we are home to an incredible number of world class businesses and innovations. From robotics to manufacturing to packaging and hydraulic automation, we just don’t shout enough about our accomplishments. And we should because it’s important for economic growth in the region.
We also need to promote Hamilton on a national and international level as an economically viable option for business.
I am standing for a balanced approach to growth, fiscal responsibility and sustainable decisions for our children, and theirs.
My promise to Hamilton is to keep listening, to put people at the heart of every decision and to maintain integrity and process without compromise.
I am a proud Hamiltonian, business owner and am actively involved in the community through the school board, business networks and charity initiatives and bring with me to the role of Councillor a combination of this experience and a willingness to learn.

Martin Gallagher
Hamilton West

Martin has lived in Hamilton all of his life. He is married to Gillian. They have raised four children together. Martin is standing for council because he is committed to Hamilton and believes Hamilton is a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Martin has wide experience in business, education and local government, serving Hamilton as a Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Member of Parliament. Martin has extensive experience as an advocate for communities and residents, to represent their interests, with comprehensive knowledge of governance processes.

In the current climate of challenging times for households and businesses it is essential to maintain sound financial management of the city. This should be balanced with providing the long term vision to create the conditions for the city and communities to flourish in sustainable ways. These demands require experience and an understanding of what makes communities. Martin seeks your support.

Rob Pascoe
Hamilton East

Council is a complex business with revenues of $377 million, over 1000 staff, and capital spending of $288 million next year. This requires an in-depth business understanding, which I offer voters as a professional accountant.

Elected twice, I have served as chair and deputy chair of Council’s Finance Committee. I’ve also chaired the financial strategy taskforce, setting targets for future city growth. You can rest assured, if re-elected I will continue to ask the tough questions and demand the answers. For me, rates affordability continues as a key issue more than ever before, as is living within our means.

A Fellow Chartered Accountant, and former partner in the global accounting firm PwC, I bring my lifetime business experience to council. A past chair of Sacred Heart Girls’ College, I‘m a director of First Credit Union, chair the national professional accountants conduct committee, and Law Society standards committee.


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