Four in the run­ning to be mayor

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

FOUR can­di­dates, all from City Beach, are in the race to be mayor of Cam­bridge.

Mayor Si­mon Withers last week an­nounced he would renom­i­nate for the po­si­tion. Mr Withers said be­ing mayor had been a life-broad­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for him.

“It has also forced me to evolve from be­ing a pri­vate per­son to be­ing a public per­son - some­thing I in­tend to re­verse when my time as mayor is over,” he said.

Keri Shan­non, who cam­paigned against the Town of Cam­bridge’s hous­ing op­tions amend­ment, said she was run­ning for mayor to work with the com­mu­nity, not fight it.

“I am run­ning for mayor be­cause I care pas­sion­ately about our com­mu­nity and ini­tially got in­volved be­cause of the treat­ment of our el­derly res­i­dents at Ocean Gar­dens and then be­came very alarmed at what was hap­pen­ing with the cur­rent coun­cil’s pro-den­sity agenda,” Ms Shan­non said.

Cam­bridge coun­cil­lor Pauline O’Con­nor said with more than 20 years ex­pe­ri­ence in lo­cal gov­ern­ment, if elected she would not be a “sin­gle is­sue mayor”.

“I think ev­ery­one who wants to run for mayor should have a strong lo­cal gov­ern­ment back­ground,” Cr O’Con­nor said.

Gary Mack is a com­mu­nity lawyer and said he was run­ning for mayor to help cre­ate a bet­ter cul­ture in the coun­cil.

“There needs to be bet­ter com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion - I’ve been con­cerned with some coun­cil de­ci­sions,” Mr Mack said.

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