Ex-mayor re­turns


Stirling Times - - Front Page - Laura Pond

FOR­MER City of Stir­ling mayor Adam Spag­nolo has re­turned to lo­cal govern­ment af­ter 12 years.

The in­com­ing coun­cil­lor won the hotly-con­tested Os­borne ward with 31 per cent of the votes, ahead of Main Street Co-op mem­ber Frank Paolino on 24 per cent and for­mer Bal­catta MLA Chris Hat­ton with 22 per cent.

Mr Spag­nolo said he was “ec­static” af­ter win­ning what he called a cam­paign marred by “po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence”.

“I think peo­ple like gen­uine, in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates,” he said.

“The main rea­son why I stood was I was so un­happy with the cul­ture at the City of Stir­ling.”

Mr Spag­nolo served three terms as mayor and spent 20 years on coun­cil but was at the cen­tre of a Cor­rup­tion and Crime Com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion in 2004.

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

He said res­i­dents had told him they felt the City was “over-gov­erned and over-reg­u­lated” but hoped to change that.

“I’m hop­ing to bring the friend­li­ness back, I’m hop­ing to change the cul­ture,” he said.

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