Tablelands and Far North mayoral contenders announced

Tablelands, Mareeba, Cook, Douglas and Cairns mayoral candidates revealed

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Voters on the Atherton Tablelands will have quite the decision to make on March 28.

Voters on the Atherton Tablelands will have quite the decision to make on March 28.

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Mayoral candidates have been locked in for councils on the Tablelands and in the state's Far North.

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The Tablelands Regional Council will elect a new mayor on March 28, with current Mayor Joe Paronella stepping down from the role.

Four residents have nominated to run as mayor of the Tablelands Regional Council.

They are current Deputy Mayor Kartina Mellick, Kenneth Carey, Peter Alan Beattie and Rodney Marti.

Another 15 are running for councillor across the six divisions.

In the Mareeba Shire, which was reestablished in 2014 after residents voted to reverse the council amalgamations, Mayor Tom Gilmore is stepping down.

Current serving councillors Angela Toppin and Edward Brown are going head to head for the mayoralty.

Eleven residents have nominated to run for the six councillor positions.

Two residents are running for the mayoralty of the Cook Shire on the Cape York Peninsula.

Current Mayor Peter Scott is recontesting the position which he has held since 2008, against Reginald Skipworth.

Another 13 residents are running for the six councillor positions.

In the Douglas Shire which is headquarted in Mossman, Mayor Julia Leu will go up against current councillor Michael Kerr, who has also nominated to run for mayor.

Nine others are contesting the four councillor positions.

Cairns Regional Council has four residents vying for the top job, including current Mayor Bob Manning, who has held the position since 2012.

The three other contenders are Georgia Babatsikos, Ian Lydiard and Jeanette Sackley.

Another 30 people have nominated for the council's nine councillor positions.

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