"I DON'T ever give up."
That's the mantra of a familiar face to many residents, with Gail Copping contesting her sixth local government election when Orange goes to the polls on December 4.
While she's come close once or twice since first standing in 1999, the single mother of four and grandmother of six has been unsuccessful to date, but this year things could be different.
Ms Copping is the number two candidate on Cr Jeff Whitton's Group B ticket, stepping in when Cr Glenn Taylor, who was initially second the ticket, withdrew from the election to concentrate on his battle with cancer.
In all but one of her previous attempts, Ms Copping has run independently but this year is happy to be part of a group.
Cr Whitton is also running for mayor.
"I'm not giving up ... my minds always been on the community, I love Orange ... it's always been my passion and whatever I do, I do it for the community. That's what it's all about," Ms Copping said.
Ms Copping joins accountant and small business owner Heather Dunn, NDIS manager Addam Parish, retired teacher Jim Finn and computer science student Josh Whitton on the Group B ticket.
A life-long resident of Orange, Cr Whitton has been on council for 17 years, having first been elected in 2004.
During that time, he has served as deputy mayor, and been chair of planning, finance and infrastructure committees. He was also the founding chair of Council's Economic Development and Employment committee.
Now semi-retired, Cr Whitton's has over 40 years experience in digital technology, is an expert in cyber security, cyber and artificial intelligence and board governance, fiscal and regulatory compliance.
"I have a passion for small business and am a past Orange Chamber president. I believe that small business is the lifeblood of the community, which employ local people who spend their money locally in Orange," he said.
"The community expects their councillors to focus on the issues important to Orange, not to bring political party policies, state or federal issues into council chambers.
"As an experienced mentor and leader, as mayor, I will draw on my leadership experience to encourage collaboration between council members, council staff and those we represent, the community.
"Group B is about Council prioritising excellent service delivery, amenities for all ages and promoting the city to attract new business, entrepreneurs and government monies that generate secure long term jobs," Cr Whitton said.
"It is about getting the simple things done and it is about meshing with the community."
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