Contest for key council position
At least two councillors will fight for Bunbury’s Deputy Mayor role
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.