FORMER Wattle Range Councillor James Yates wants to be the next Robe mayor.
Mr Yates served multiple terms on the Penola District Council and was then elected to the first term of Wattle Range Council from 1997-2000 as a Riddoch Ward representative.
During his past career in local government, he chaired such sub-committees as engineering and planning.
Mr Yates had a high-profile across the region as chairman of Tourism South East and as proprietor of Chardonnay Lodge restaurant and accommodation complex at Coonawarra.
In recent years, Mr Yates has lived at Robe and regularly airs his views in the mainstream electronic media.