SHIRE of Mundaring East Ward residents are gearing up this week to cast their votes for the vacant spot on council after the resignation of former councillor Simon Cuthbert two months ago.
The by-election is being held on Friday, July 1 and while votes can be returned via post before this date, the Shire offices on Great Eastern Highway will be the chief polling place on the day with voters able to nominate their preferences between 8am and 6pm.
The new councillor will join current councillors Neridah Zlatnik and John Daw as East Ward representatives, the largest ward in the Shire, covering Bailup and Wooroloo through to Sawyers Valley, Mount Helena, Chidlow and The Lakes.
With just one week to go until the votes will be counted, all seven nominees are ramping up their campaigns.
Some candidates need no introduction to the community, including former councillor Kate Driver who stepped down from the role in October last year after choosing not to re-nominate at the end of her term.
Will Scott’s face has literally been plastered all over the Shire in recent weeks as he ran a campaign for the seat of Hasluck in the federal election representing the Australia United Party.
Sharon Milton, from Mount Helena, was pipped to the post for the East Ward seat in the October elections by Neridah Zlatnik but is again throwing her hat into the ring for the seat.
Claire Hurst, the wife of Save Perth Hills chairman Jeremy, is a registered nurse and naturopath and is also in the running for the position.
With a background in business and government, another Mount Helena resident, Anthony Spagnolo, is hoping to be one of the successful candidates, as is Zoran Todrovic from Darlington and Mundaring business owner Jeremy Strang.
By Rebecca Peppiatt