SEVEN candidates are vying for a spot on the Shire of Mundaring’s council after nominations closed this week for the vacant East Ward position.
The nominees now have just over a month of campaigning before the July 1 elections that will replace former councillor Simon Cuthbert who stood down in April citing mental health concerns.
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.
The former fire fighter lost the race but is putting his hand up for council to “focus on protecting our world-class biodiversity hotspot” and support small businesses, cut red tape and regulations and foster a community that is inclusive.
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.
The 46-year-old family man, who has a self-confessed “colourful history” said he had been driven to become a councillor after state government mandates caused major division in the community.
By Rebecca Peppiatt