CLICK THE PHOTO: Meet your 2017 council election candidates

Danny King, Karuna Bajracharya, Paul Cockram, Walter Raynolds and Phil Shoemark are Braidwood candidates running for election.

Danny King, Karuna Bajracharya, Paul Cockram, Walter Raynolds and Phil Shoemark are Braidwood candidates running for election.

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The Braidwood Times is meeting with election candidates as they announce their campaigns to find out why they are standing and why they deserve your vote. 

Click on the photos below to learn more about each candidate and what they stand for.

Get in touch with us – elspeth.kernebone@fairfaxmedia.com.au

PAUL COCKRAM: As an incumbent of the former Palerang Council, he felt he had as good a chance as anyone of gaining the required votes to represent Braidwood.

PAUL COCKRAM: As an incumbent of the former Palerang Council, he felt he had as good a chance as anyone of gaining the required votes to represent Braidwood.

PHIL SHOEMARK: After 50 years in the area wants to make sure his community of Braidwood has a voice in local government.

PHIL SHOEMARK: After 50 years in the area wants to make sure his community of Braidwood has a voice in local government.

DANNY KING: "I'm not a political animal." Charleyong born and bred, Mr King wants to be the voice for the needs of Braidwood and its outlying communities.

DANNY KING: "I'm not a political animal." Charleyong born and bred, Mr King wants to be the voice for the needs of Braidwood and its outlying communities.

KARUNA BAJRACHARYA: Representing young families, Mr Bajracharya said he understands the region's needs well and wants to help it develop with a long term approach.

KARUNA BAJRACHARYA: Representing young families, Mr Bajracharya said he understands the region's needs well and wants to help it develop with a long term approach.

WALTER REYNOLDS: The former Palerang mayor thinks councils should stick to core issues and do them well.

WALTER REYNOLDS: The former Palerang mayor thinks councils should stick to core issues and do them well.

RADMILA NOVESKA: "I want to make sure that council continues to deliver services effectively – right across the new council region - from Braidwood to Burra.”

RADMILA NOVESKA: "I want to make sure that council continues to deliver services effectively – right across the new council region - from Braidwood to Burra.”

PHILLIP MIDDLETON: The president of the Young Liberals in Eden-Monaro hopes to be a voice for young people in the region.

PHILLIP MIDDLETON: The president of the Young Liberals in Eden-Monaro hopes to be a voice for young people in the region.

PETER BRAY: The former deputy mayor of Queanbeyan council wants his seat back so he can continue to get things done for the community.

PETER BRAY: The former deputy mayor of Queanbeyan council wants his seat back so he can continue to get things done for the community.

TONY WOOD: The Raiders mascot would like you to see what's under his suit - that's a man who's committed to Queanbeyan.

TONY WOOD: The Raiders mascot would like you to see what's under his suit - that's a man who's committed to Queanbeyan.

THARREN KINGSTON-LEE: The Karabar resident has served with the Royal Australian Air Force for 20 years and now wants to try his hand at a different kind of leadership.

THARREN KINGSTON-LEE: The Karabar resident has served with the Royal Australian Air Force for 20 years and now wants to try his hand at a different kind of leadership.

IAN WHOLOHAN: Known as a bit of a problem solver, Mr Wholohan wants to make Queanbeyan a destination of choice.

IAN WHOLOHAN: Known as a bit of a problem solver, Mr Wholohan wants to make Queanbeyan a destination of choice.

JENNI BRADLEY: The long-time Queanbeyan resident wants to put her mind towards reactivating the city.

JENNI BRADLEY: The long-time Queanbeyan resident wants to put her mind towards reactivating the city.

MARY KOVACEVIC: The Drive to Survive driving academy owner feels there is a mood for change in Queanbeyan.

MARY KOVACEVIC: The Drive to Survive driving academy owner feels there is a mood for change in Queanbeyan.

FILIP PAJKOVSKI: The 22-year-old is running for council to make Queanbeyan a more attractive place for young people and he wants to put sport high on the agenda.

FILIP PAJKOVSKI: The 22-year-old is running for council to make Queanbeyan a more attractive place for young people and he wants to put sport high on the agenda.

MICHELE BISCOTTI: The former business man and football enthusiast wants to see small business thrive in Queanbeyan.

MICHELE BISCOTTI: The former business man and football enthusiast wants to see small business thrive in Queanbeyan.

STEVE TASKOVSKI: The real estate agent has lived in the area for 47 years after migrating from Macedonia.

STEVE TASKOVSKI: The real estate agent has lived in the area for 47 years after migrating from Macedonia.

MARK SCHWEIKERT: Mr Schweikert has lived in Bungendore for 14 years, before that living in Queanbeyan.

MARK SCHWEIKERT: Mr Schweikert has lived in Bungendore for 14 years, before that living in Queanbeyan.

ASHLEY MEYER-DILLEY: The 2016 Young Citizen of the Year for Bungendore wants to inspire young people to take part in local politics.

ASHLEY MEYER-DILLEY: The 2016 Young Citizen of the Year for Bungendore wants to inspire young people to take part in local politics.

SUE JARVIS: Never imagined she would stand for election again after spending three terms on council more than a decade ago.

SUE JARVIS: Never imagined she would stand for election again after spending three terms on council more than a decade ago.

MIKE CRAMSIE: Career lawyer Mike Cramsie wants to see the first Queanbeyan-Palerang council deliver fairness for both rural and city residents.

MIKE CRAMSIE: Career lawyer Mike Cramsie wants to see the first Queanbeyan-Palerang council deliver fairness for both rural and city residents.

KATIE WHELAN: If elected she would push to establish a youth council and improve engagement with young people in the community.

KATIE WHELAN: If elected she would push to establish a youth council and improve engagement with young people in the community.

JUDITH BURFOOT: She served three and a half years on council before it was dissolved and wants back in to continue her work for the community.

JUDITH BURFOOT: She served three and a half years on council before it was dissolved and wants back in to continue her work for the community.

STEVE STAVREAS: The Dimitiries Jewellers owner moved to Queanbeyan in 1982 and fell in love with the place.

STEVE STAVREAS: The Dimitiries Jewellers owner moved to Queanbeyan in 1982 and fell in love with the place.

JOHN TALBOT: He has devoted his time to community organisations for years but now wants to contribute more actively in the region.

JOHN TALBOT: He has devoted his time to community organisations for years but now wants to contribute more actively in the region.

SUE WHELAN: Hopes to bring her years of experience to the table for the new council.

SUE WHELAN: Hopes to bring her years of experience to the table for the new council.

VLADO CVETKOSKI: “We need representatives who will deliver for all of our region, not simply narrow or single-issue candidates".

VLADO CVETKOSKI: “We need representatives who will deliver for all of our region, not simply narrow or single-issue candidates".

JASON MOFFETT: The barrister wants a cinema in Queanbeyan and plans to get the road to Captains Flat completely sealed.

JASON MOFFETT: The barrister wants a cinema in Queanbeyan and plans to get the road to Captains Flat completely sealed.

TRUDY TAYLOR: She’s chosen to run for council again because she wants to make Queanbeyan a better place to live, to raise a family and to work.

TRUDY TAYLOR: She’s chosen to run for council again because she wants to make Queanbeyan a better place to live, to raise a family and to work.

TERRY CAMPESE: Wants to support the town that has always supported him through a spot on the council.

TERRY CAMPESE: Wants to support the town that has always supported him through a spot on the council.

KENRICK WINCHESTER: “Queanbeyan is so good they built the capital of the country next door.”

KENRICK WINCHESTER: “Queanbeyan is so good they built the capital of the country next door.”

JOHNNY LANGE: The Lange’s Auto Centre owner is a Wamboin boy and now Carwoola family man.

JOHNNY LANGE: The Lange’s Auto Centre owner is a Wamboin boy and now Carwoola family man.

ANTHONY ZAKAOSKI: Supports the EDE and wants more traffic redirection efforts in place to give towns the space to thrive.

ANTHONY ZAKAOSKI: Supports the EDE and wants more traffic redirection efforts in place to give towns the space to thrive.

TIM OVERALL: "This is a critical time for our region." The former mayor wants to be a part of the council overseeing the governance of the region into the future.

TIM OVERALL: "This is a critical time for our region." The former mayor wants to be a part of the council overseeing the governance of the region into the future.

PETER MARSHALL: "In some ways I was probably bred for politics," the Greens candidate said. He wants to bring reform to the new council.

PETER MARSHALL: "In some ways I was probably bred for politics," the Greens candidate said. He wants to bring reform to the new council.

BRENT HUNTER: Bringing life back into the town centre is a priority for Mr Hunter, through increased social media use.

BRENT HUNTER: Bringing life back into the town centre is a priority for Mr Hunter, through increased social media use.

MARIA TAYLOR: The editor of the District Bulletin has spent close to a decade observing Queanbeyan and Palerang councils in a professional capacity.

MARIA TAYLOR: The editor of the District Bulletin has spent close to a decade observing Queanbeyan and Palerang councils in a professional capacity.

KATRINA WILLIS: Ms Willis hopes to see change in the amalgamated Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council.

KATRINA WILLIS: Ms Willis hopes to see change in the amalgamated Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council.

NATHANIEL HARPER: At 19 years old, Mr Harper wants to bring a youthful lens to the new council.

NATHANIEL HARPER: At 19 years old, Mr Harper wants to bring a youthful lens to the new council.

BRIAN BROWN: “You can achieve so much with proper consultation and actually talking to people.”

BRIAN BROWN: “You can achieve so much with proper consultation and actually talking to people.”

JOHN PRESTON: “As a councillor on QPRC I want guarantees that rate increases will be capped.”

JOHN PRESTON: “As a councillor on QPRC I want guarantees that rate increases will be capped.”

HELEN LANGFORD: “I am committed to a consultative and open council that provides services to all sections of the community."

HELEN LANGFORD: “I am committed to a consultative and open council that provides services to all sections of the community."

DAVID LOFT: A regional outlook is important to this former builder from Queanbeyan.

DAVID LOFT: A regional outlook is important to this former builder from Queanbeyan.

PETE HARRISON: The former Palerang mayor wants to see a council meet the needs of all its constituents.

PETE HARRISON: The former Palerang mayor wants to see a council meet the needs of all its constituents.

GAVIN GASNIER: Top of the list for this candidate is to see Queanbeyan get rid of its "struggle town" tag.

GAVIN GASNIER: Top of the list for this candidate is to see Queanbeyan get rid of its "struggle town" tag.

SHEILA NORMAN: "I want to work hard to provide a good environment for the younger generation as they grow up.”

SHEILA NORMAN: "I want to work hard to provide a good environment for the younger generation as they grow up.”

GREG BUCKMAN: Mr Buckman wants council to improve the way it looks after the environment.

GREG BUCKMAN: Mr Buckman wants council to improve the way it looks after the environment.

TREVOR HICKS: Mr Hicks would like to return to council so he can continue to work for both regions.

TREVOR HICKS: Mr Hicks would like to return to council so he can continue to work for both regions.

IAN MARJASON: “I want to make it easy for people to come here and to build houses here and to develop their lives here.”

IAN MARJASON: “I want to make it easy for people to come here and to build houses here and to develop their lives here.”

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