Zan­nino on come­back trail

Hills Gazette - - NEWS - Lisa Thomas

FOR­MER long-time Swan coun­cil­lor and mayor Charlie Zan­nino has an­nounced he will run in next month’s elec­tion in the Swan Val­ley/Gidge­gan­nup ward.

Mr Zannno served as a coun­cil­lor for 24 years and was the mayor and shire president for 16 years, but failed to be re-elected in 2015.

He said many com­mu­nity groups and in­di­vid­u­als had “told me they want me back”.

“I think I’m still young enough and I have the ex­pe­ri­ence and con­tacts at a lo­cal, State and Fed­eral level to make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion,” he said.

“Spend­ing two years away from coun­cil gave me the op­por­tu­nity to have a fresh set of eyes and see­ing what could be done bet­ter or dif­fer­ently.”

Mr Zan­nino did not rule out the pos­si­bil­ity that he would run for mayor again.

“I’m con­cen­trat­ing on get­ting elected to coun­cil; if I was lucky enough to get elected I would cer­tainly con­sider run­ning for mayor,” he said.

For­mer Lib­eral MP Frank Al­ban will run in the Pearce ward af­ter he lost the seat of Swan Hills to La­bor’s Jes­sica Shaw in March.

Shalom House chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Lyn­don-James will run in Al­tone ward af­ter long-run­ning is­sues with the City of Swan.

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