The election race is on
■ Five Pilbara councillors have been elected unopposed in the first local government election results for the City of Karratha and the Shire of Ashburton.
Notably, two current deputies faced no contenders with Dampier Ward representative and City Deputy Mayor John Lally and Paraburdoo Ward’s deputy Shire president Linton Rumble both in for four-year terms.
Lorraine Thomas from the Tablelands Ward and Peter Foster from the Tom Price Ward were both elected for another term.
Glen Dellar stood alone and has hopes of bringing a pastoral perspective to the Ashburton Ward, which was vacated by Anne Eyre.
Mr Dellar has been a ratepayer since 1983 and lives on Wyloo Station between Nanutarra and Paraburdoo.
The seat to watch this year will be the Shire of Ashburton’s Onslow Ward, where incumbent president Kerry White will be up against Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Geoffrey Hebert.
Dennis Wright is retiring from his seat of Pannawonica.
Melanie Gallanagh, a second-generation Pannawonica resident, is contesting the seat alongside metallurgist Colin Sumner and journalist Corinna Lacey.
A reshuffle of the ward boundaries for the Karratha local government means there are now five seats up for grabs in the upcoming election which will be held by postal vote, with results on October 17.
The field of candidates is 15 deep, with Mayor Peter Long and Councillor David Hipworth both putting their hands up for re-election.
Former councillor Margaret Bertling has decided to have another crack after a two-year hiatus, while retiring councillor Janine Miller’s son Daniel is having his first go at local politics.
The rest of the hopefuls include former aircraft mechanical engineer Kristen Johns, Business Centre chief executive Paul Jagger, youth sector worker Julie Pope, speech pathologist Irene Long, 2013 citizen of the Year Grant Cucel, business owner Daniel Scott, education worker Lessa Butler, board director of several organisations Penny Little, mechatronics engineer Jared Fitzclarence, justice of the peace Geraldine Burgess, and bar owner Bart Parsons.
Three candidates are vying for the Wickham/Point Samson/Roebourne/Cossack/Pastoral Ward.
Cr Garry Bailey has decided to run again, but should have an interesting battle.
Cr Bailey is the Roebourne Ward councillor, but will now face electors from a wider catchment.
His competition is Beth Smith, who picked up an award at this year’s Roebour ne Unsung Heroes night.
Former Roebourne Golf Club president Marcus Tutt from Wickham is the third candidate, who will be hoping to poll well given the large number of voters in his town.
City of Karratha Deputy Mayor John Lally was re-elected unopposed.