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Franklin Progress Association, at its ‘Meet the Candidates Forum’ tonight (Monday, October 10) at 7pm at Franklin’s Palais Theatre, will give Huon Valley residents a chance to listen to, and then question, local government candidates.

Three candidates are vying for the job of mayor, three for deputy mayor and 10 for the four councillor positions.

Candidates for mayor are all sitting councillors: tourism developer Mike Wilson of Castle Forbes Bay; retired doctor of biological science Liz Smith of Cygnet; and real estate salesman and mayoral incumbent Robert Armstrong of Cygnet.

Candidates for deputy mayor, also all sitting councillors, are: hardware store proprietor Gary Doyle of Dover; doctor of epidemiology Rosalie Woodruff of Lymington; and hardware store manager and deputy-mayoral incumbent Bruce Herron of Grove.

Of the 10 candidates vying for the councillor positions, four are sitting councillors: Ian Paul of Judbury, Liz Smith, Robert Armstrong and Gary Doyle. The other candidates are: Chris Wilson of Abels Bay, Michael Foley of Huon Island, Peter Pepper of Port Huon, Miranda Howie of Petcheys Bay, Amy Roberston of Port Huon and Ben Barber of Lucaston.

Candidates for mayor and deputy mayor will be given four minutes each to outline their visions for the valley, and councillor candidates will be given three minutes each.

Martin Riddle, president of the Franklin Progress Association, says residents will then be given the opportunity to question candidates.

The University of Tasmania’s Dr Richard Herr will facilitate the forum.