By Claire Ottaviano
LOCAL Government elections are open from now until September 9, with many across the eastern and Perth Hills region voicing their intent to nominate well ahead of time.
Local government elections are held every two years, with the next round on October 16.
In the City of Swan there are seven vacancies across five wards.
In the Pearce ward, Mayor Kevin Bailey and Cr Patty Jones are both re-nominating for their seats and are so far up against, David Willer, Shaun Hughes, Aaron Bowman, Rob Howes and Jesse J Fleay.
In the Whiteman ward, John McNamara’s seat is open with residents Michelle Maynard, Haeden Miles and Dave Knight intending to nominate.
Crs Andrew Kiely and Jennifer Catalano’s terms are expiring in 2021 leaving two spots open in Altone with Tracy Hopkins, Prabhjot Singh Bhaur and former councillor Peter Lyndon-James expressing interest.
Only one candidate has so far emerged for Cr Charlie Zaninno’s Swan/Gidgegannup ward open seat, Midland Oval advocate Patrick Irwin.
Cr Claire Scanlan is the only councillor known to not be renominating for her position.
At present only recently resigned Bassendean councillor John Gangell and Sarah Howlett of the Midland Junction Collective have put themselves forward for Scanlan’s Midland/Guildford seat.
In the City of Kalamunda, Mayor Margaret Thomas and Crs Lisa Cooper, Lesley Boyd, Geoff Stallard, Dylan O’Connor and Cameron Blair’s terms are ending.
All but Cr Blair intend to renominate.
So far five candidates have put their hands up for the six seats available; Kellie Miskiewicz, Rachel Boyes, Simon Parke, David Hearne and Peter O’Connor.
As reported in No re-nominations at council (Echo News, July 30), all six councillors up for re-election in the Shire of Mundaring have indicated they will not be nominating again for their positions.
Seven have so far put their names forward for the spots; Karen Beale, Paige McNeill, Daniel Hanley, Melanye Wawrick, Trish Cook, Neridah Zlatnik, Sharon Milton.
For more information or to nominate visit, www.elections.wa.gov.au/elections/local
Please note names above were known candidates at time of print.