Young, professional and keen on making a difference.
That's a quick insight into the latest team to confirm a ticket of six candidates to contest the delayed December 4 Orange City Council elections.
Nurse Melanie McDonell announced on Thursday Chris Huck, Pip Elmes-Mielke and Dave Oakden would join her previously-named teammates Bridget Healey and Granton Smith in their bid to be elected as councillors.
Ms McDonell said they wanted to use the extended lead-in time to the election, postponed from September 4, to raise their profiles in Orange.
"Some of us grew up here, others relocated to Orange as adults, but we are all united in our passion for diversity and real representation of the Orange community on our council," she said.
Ms McDonell said she hoped the state government could introduce COVID-19 safeguards to ensure the polls went ahead this year.
"As a nurse I absolutely appreciate the importance of public safety. I would hope that the NSW government uses this extra time to ensure the elections go ahead on December 4 in as safe a way as possible, so that democratic process can remain intact," she said.
"If other states can have their elections during the pandemic, there is no reason why with sufficient planning, NSW can't also."
Ms Elmes-Mielke said she wanted to see a "stronger female voice" on council.
Mr Huck said Orange's hospitality sector needed more support, particularly when the COVID threat eased.
Mr Oakden said council needed to support more environmentally sustainable projects.
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