They want me back: ex-mayor

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS - Lisa Thomas

FORMER long-time coun­cil­lor and mayor Char­lie Zan­nino has an­nounced he will run in next month’s City of Swan elec­tion in the Swan Val­ley/Gidge­gan­nup ward.

Mr Zan­nino served as a coun­cil­lor for 24 years and was the mayor and shire pres­i­dent for 16 years, but failed to be re-elected in 2015.

He said he de­cided to re­turn to Coun­cil to help bet­ter rep­re­sent peo­ple in the Swan Val­ley/Gidge­gan­nup ward.

“I’ve had nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity groups and in­di­vid­u­als who have told me they want me back on Coun­cil,” he said.

“I think I’m still young enough and I have the ex­pe­ri­ence and con­tacts at a lo­cal, State and Fed­eral level to make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion.

“Spend­ing two years away from Coun­cil gave me the op­por­tu­nity to have a fresh set of eyes look­ing from the out­side in and see­ing what could be done bet­ter or dif­fer­ently.”

Mr Zan­nino did not rule out the pos­si­bil­ity that he would run for mayor again.

“I’m con­cen­trat­ing on getting elected to Coun­cil,” he said. “If I was lucky enough to get elected, I would cer­tainly con­sider run­ning for mayor.”

Former Lib­eral MP Frank Al­ban has also an­nounced he will run in the seat of Pearce in the up­com­ing elec­tion af­ter he lost the seat of Swan Hills to La­bor’s Jes­sica Shaw in March. Shalom House chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Lyn­don-James has an­nounced he will run in Al­tone Ward af­ter long-run­ning is­sues with the City of Swan.

Lo­cal Govern­ment Elec­tions will be held on Oc­to­ber 21. Nom­i­na­tions close on Thurs­day at 4pm.

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