Four in the running to be mayor
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.