Two have in­ter­est in the may­oral job

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY STEVE KELLY skelly@ne­me­

WAN­GARATTA city mayor Ken Clarke has con­firmed he will nom­i­nate for a sec­ond year term in the top seat but an­other has ex­pressed in­ter­est at this stage.

Coun­cil­lor David Fuller told the Chron­i­cle that he would like to take on the role when fel­low coun­cil­lors nom­i­nate and vote on Novem­ber 28.

How­ever it plays out, Cr Fuller sug­gested it would be an am­i­ca­ble ac­cep­tance and he would set­tle for the may­oral role in his third year of coun­cil if un­suc­cess­ful in two weeks’ time.

“Ken has been do­ing a good job as mayor and he of­fers con­tinu- ity in the role,” Cr Fuller said.

“I en­trust with my col­leagues to make the right de­ci­sion and we have been work­ing well as a team.

“Ash­lee (Fitz­patrick) has come on board and she is a strong op­er­a­tor and will of­fer a fresh per­spec­tive to coun­cil as well.”

Cr Clarke said Ms Fitz­patrick is very com­mit­ted to ju­nior peo­ple in the city and tak­ing on jobs that older peo­ple would strug­gle to do.

He re­ferred to Ms Fitz­patrick’s mo­ti­va­tion and abil­ity to head up the Wan­garatta High School Par­ents and Friends As­so­ci­a­tion as “un­be­liev­able”.

“To be truth­ful, some­one like my­self at 81 years of age, my time has come and re­ally in a cou­ple of years’ time we need peo­ple like Ash­lee and (Cr) David Fuller to look af­ter this city for years to come,” Cr Clarke said.

Cr Clarke noted that there would be a fair sort of in­duc­tion pro­gram for Ms Fitz­patrick which will give her a lot of knowl­edge of what tran­spires in lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

“I re­ally think she will be tu­tored by some of our other coun­cil­lors and she has a long term ahead in coun­cil,” he said.

Her in­clu­sion to the seven mem­ber coun­cil will bring a re­turn to an un­even vot­ing num­ber, which Cr Clarke said would take pres­sure off him­self when num­bers are tied on any given topic of agenda.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to her be­ing able to par­tic­i­pate next week in coun­cil,” he said.

Cr Clarke has at­tended dozens of events in his ca­pac­ity over the last 12 months and he is up for the chal­lenge again.

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