Con­test for key coun­cil po­si­tion

At least two coun­cil­lors will fight for Bun­bury’s Deputy Mayor role

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

AS the dust set­tles from Satur­day’s Bun­bury City Coun­cil elec­tion, bat­tle­grounds are set to be redrawn next week as coun­cil­lors vie for the Deputy Mayor spot.

The South West­ern Times un­der­stands at least two pos­si­ble can­di­dates will throw their hats in the ring, while seven have def­i­nitely ruled out the idea and an­other would not di­vulge his in­ten­tions.

Cr Bren­dan Kelly con­firmed ear­lier this week he would not re-con­test the po­si­tion on his fi­nal two years with the coun­cil.

“I’ve done three terms . . . I’m a firm be­liever peo­ple need to know when their use by date is,” he said.

The va­cancy is be­ing eyed off by coun­cil­lors James Hay­ward and Jay­sen Miguel who con­firmed they would vie for the po­si­tion.

Cr Joel McGuin­ness did not con­firm if he would nom­i­nate, but did say he was “re­ally in­ter­ested” in the po­si­tion and it was im­por­tant di­ver­sity was rep­re­sented.

Cr Hay­ward – who was a con­vinc­ing leader in Satur­day’s coun­cil­lor elec­tion – said he be­lieved he was a “good match” with Mayor Gary Bren­nan and had a proven record of com­mu­ni­cat­ing with ratepay­ers.

“I’m good with peo­ple, highly mo­ti­vated and re­ally ea­ger to see Bun­bury move for­ward, ex­pand and pros­per,” Cr Hay­ward said.

“I’m re­ally com­mit­ted and want to be part of that into the fu­ture.”

Cr Miguel – who was also re­elected at the week­end – said he be­lieved he had gained enough ex­pe­ri­ence over the past four years to take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“Ever since be­ing elected coun­cil­lor, I’ve con­sid­ered putting my hand up for the Deputy Mayor’s role to fol­low in my grand­fa­ther’s foot­steps,” Cr Miguel said.

“I hope to bring youth and en­ergy to the po­si­tion.

“I also want coun­cil to con­tinue to work closely as a team – I have a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with all coun­cil­lors and I be­lieve I can en­sure that hap­pens.”

All of the other coun­cil­lors con­firmed they were not in­ter­ested in the po­si­tion, ex­cept for coun­cil­lors Sam Morris and Michelle Steck who could not be con­tacted.

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