Countdown to elec­tion heats up

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

THE Bun­bury City Coun­cil elec­tion is pre­dicted to heat up on Satur­day when 22 coun­cil­lor can­di­dates will learn their fate and the city’s leader for the next four years will be de­ter­mined.

An un­der­whelm­ing 31 per cent vote rate as of yes­ter­day prompted calls for vot­ers to no longer post back their bal­lot pa­pers and in­stead drop them into the City of Bun­bury Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing.

May­oral can­di­dates have de­clared the race to the fin­ish line is now in the hand’s of elec­tors, while one be­lieves it is a two-horse race.

Mayor Gary Bren­nan said he did not have a “sense” of how the elec­tion would play out, but he had given it a “ro­bust” and “con­tem­po­rary” go.

“It’s with the elec­tors now and we now wait,” Mr Bren­nan said.

For­mer Bun­bury coun­cil­lor Ross Slater said he was con­fi­dent head­ing into Satur­day and was “now draft­ing out my ac­cep­tance speech”.

While Ja­son Shaw would not re­veal who the race was be­tween, he said it would be tight.

“I am con­fi­dent that I will be com­pet­i­tive in the race for the po­si­tion of Mayor,” Mr Shaw said.

“I be­lieve it’s a tight two-horse race.”

Cr Michelle Steck said she was “qui­etly con­fi­dent, how­ever you never know the re­sult un­til it’s de­clared and a cou­ple of can­di­dates have put con­sid­er­able ef­fort in.”

Deputy Mayor Bren­dan Kelly said he could not “pick it”.

“The best any of us can be is op­ti­mistic . . . I can’t tell,” Cr Kelly said.

Zyggi Uch­wal said his chances had di­min­ished dur­ing the cam­paign.

“I haven’t spent any money on ad­ver­tis­ing so my chances have di­min­ished greatly for ob­vi­ous rea­sons,” Mr Uch­wal said.

Cr Betty McCleary said she was “prag­matic” and be­lieved the vote would be close.

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