Hot contest for Osborne
WARD DRAWS MANY CONTENDERS INTO THE RING
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.