Shire vet­er­ans in re-elec­tion mode

Albany Extra - - Extra News - Tayler Neale

A group of for­mer Shire of Den­mark coun­cil­lors are band­ing to­gether in an ef­fort to be elected to coun­cil at the Shire’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion in Oc­to­ber.

John Samp­son, Roger Seeney, Belinda Row­land, Ian Os­borne and Bar­bara Mar­shall have all pre­vi­ously served on the coun­cil and have cre­ated a Face­book page, Get Den­mark Back on Track, as a cam­paign plat­form.

Mr Samp­son said the group be­lieved Den­mark needed a new di­rec­tion.

“(We) have come to­gether out of a shared con­cern about where Den­mark is head­ing,” he said.

“We rep­re­sent a di­verse and wide range of the com­mu­nity, how­ever, are united in a de­sire to get Den­mark back on track.”

There are five po­si­tions avail­able on the coun­cil — three spots in the Scots­dale-Shad­forth ward, one in the Town ward and one in Kent-Nor­nalup.

Mr Samp­son, who re­signed mid-term last year af­ter cit­ing coun­cil dys­func­tion, said vot­ers could be con­fi­dent he would serve out his term if elected.

“If elected, I will work with who­ever the other coun­cil­lors are in a co-op­er­a­tive way for the good of the whole com­mu­nity,” he said.

“My is­sue cen­tred around the treat­ment of the for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive — the un­usual cir­cum­stances that caused me to re­sign no longer ex­ist.” Mr Seeney also re­signed mid-term af­ter a mo­tion to re­quest that Cr Rob Whoo­ley ap­ply for a leave of ab­sence dur­ing a le­gal case against the Shire, which is still on­go­ing, was voted down.

“That was wrong, what was go­ing on — in my view that was very im­proper,” he said

“I think we can work as a team — I wouldn’t put a mo­tion up about that now.

“Be­fore it was much stronger.” Cur­rent coun­cil­lors Mark Allen, Peter Caron and Clem Wright will all stand for re-elec­tion, while other can­di­dates listed are Richard Dem­bowski, Daniel Barn­don, Kings­ley Gib­son and Mike Ne­uneubel.

Nom­i­na­tions closed at 4pm yes­ter­day.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Five po­si­tions are avail­able in the Shire of Den­mark coun­cil elec­tion.

Pic­ture: Michael Hem­mings

Can­di­date John Samp­son.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Coun­cil can­di­date Roger Seeney.

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