Hot con­test for Os­borne

WARD DRAWS MANY CON­TENDERS INTO THE RING

Stirling Times - - News - Kate Leaver

THE City of Stir­ling Os­borne ward is shap­ing up to be a hotly-con­tested seat five months ahead of lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions, with cam­paign signs al­ready lin­ing shop win­dows.

While can­di­dates have to nom­i­nate for the elec­tions six weeks be­fore the elec­tion on Oc­to­ber 21, many have al­ready started cam­paign­ing as a va­cancy was left in the Os­borne ward when for­mer coun­cil­lor David Michael won the seat of Bal­catta at the March State Elec­tion.

Cur­rent Mayor Gio­vanni Ital­iano holds the other Os­borne ward seat.

For­mer Stir­ling mayor Adam Spag­nolo, who has not been in­volved with lo­cal gov­ern­ment for 12 years, has an­nounced he in­tends to run for coun­cil.

Mr Spag­nolo served three terms as Mayor and as an Os­borne ward coun­cil­lor and was at the cen­tre of a Cor­rup­tion and Crime Com­mis­sion (CCC) in­ves­ti­ga­tion in 2004.

The CCC charged Mr Spag­nolo with four elec­toral sum­mary of­fences, which were later dropped by the Di­rec­tor of Public Pros­e­cu­tions be­cause of in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence.

Mr Spag­nolo told The Stir­ling Times he was not un­der any in­ves­ti­ga­tion and “had noth­ing to hide.”

For­mer Bal­catta Lib­eral MLA Chris Hat­ton, Main Street Co-op mem­ber Frank Paolino and busi­ness­man Jack Gar­ber have also an­nounced they would con­test the seat.

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