By Claire Ottaviano
WITH fewer than 100 days until the Western Australian local government elections, candidates in Swan, Mundaring and Kalamunda have begun to voice their intended nominations.
Local government elections are held every two years, with the next round on October 16.
While nominations do not open until September 2, and close on September 9, campaigns have already started around the eastern hills region.
In the City of Swan, seven councillors are up for re-election; Crs Patty Jones (Pearce ward), Andrew Kiely (Altone), Jennifer Catalano (Altone), Claire Scanlan (Midland/Guildford), Charlie Zannino (Swan Valley/Gidgegannup), John McNamara (Whiteman) and Mayor Kevin Bailey (Pearce).
Numerous candidates are already putting their hands up to contest the positions including, but not limited to; Sarah Howlett running for Midland/Guildford, David Willer and Jesse J Fleay for Pearce, Dave Knight for Whiteman and former councillor Peter Lyndon-James for Altone.
In the Shire of Mundaring, six councillors terms will end in 2021; Crs Ian Green (west), Darrell Jones and David Lavell (south), Toni Burbidge (central), Kate Driver (east) and deputy president Jason Russell (west).
Only one candidate has publicly voiced their intended nomination, central ward candidate Paige McNeil, known for her advocacy with community action group Save Perth Hills.
In the City of Kalamunda, Mayor Margaret Thomas’ (north) term will end this year as will Crs Cameron Blair (north), Lesley Boyd (south west), Geoff Stallard (north east) and deputy Mayor Dylan O’Connor (north west).
Kalamunda too only has one known candidate at the time of print, Wattle Grove resident Kellie Miskiewicz.
Anyone intending to nominate for election must first complete a free online induction course at www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au
The course gives community members a basic understanding of what is required from a council member before nominations open in early September.
Editorial note, this is not a complete list of confirmed candidates and it is not yet known which councillors up for re-election intended to nominate to maintain their seats.