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Ashby-Hair-Spa-Website-Advert   As the Independent was going to press, 11 candidates had nominated to contest the Clarence Valley local government election – nominations close today at noon. Of the incumbent councillors, the mayor, Richie Williams, Karen Toms, Arthur Lysaught, Sue Hughes and Andrew Baker have nominated. Other nominees include Keith Bates (Grafton), Greg Clancy (Coutts Crossing), Joy de Roos (Ilarwill), Peter Ellem (Wooloweyah), Trevor Ellem (Grafton), John Hagger (Waterview Heights), John Riggall (Maclean), Ian Saunders (Maclean) and Marty Wells (Grafton). All of the candidates have listed their political affiliation as independent (or left that descriptor blank), apart from Greg Clancy, who is standing for The Greens. The Independent will publish a feature/s outlining the policies of each candidate within the two weeks prior to the September 10 election. Acting NSW Electoral Commissioner Linda Franklin has reminded prospective candidates to be aware that new rules around political donations are in force for these elections. “Key changes include limits on the amounts that can be donated to any registered political parties or groups, which are now capped at $5,900,” she said. For unregistered parties, councillors, candidates and third-party campaigners, the cap is $2,600. “New regulations apply to third-party campaigners including that they must be registered before incurring more than $2,000 on electoral communication expenditure,” she said. “Candidates, political parties, third-party campaigners and political donors should acquaint themselves with the rules for election campaign finances.” To see the complete list of candidates, go to: For information on the rules visit