Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - Denise S. Cahill - editor

TO­DAY ratepay­ers, lo­cal gov­ern­ment can­di­dates and would-be can­di­dates are in their own type of Ar­maged­don. It’s been five days since nom­i­nees could sub­mit com­pleted forms to their Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer and those yet to de­cide or strate­gi­cally wait­ing un­til the eleventh hour have three more days un­til their de­ci­sion be­comes fi­nal. The in­ten­tion of City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaf­fidi, who is up for re-elec­tion, was un­known when this news­pa­per went to print. I’m hes­i­tant to pre­dict which way the long serv­ing mayor will go (although I do be­lieve she made up her mind weeks or months ago). De­cid­ing whether to com­mit to the next few years as a coun­cil­lor or mayor should not be taken lightly. On the one hand, the com­mu­nity wins. But on the other hand, each can­di­date puts them­selves for­ward for public scru­tiny with their pri­vate and busi­ness af­fairs oc­ca­sion­ally dragged into coun­cil cham­bers. I don’t al­ways agree with elected mem­bers but putting your­self for­ward for a po­si­tion that is so vul­ner­a­ble to public crit­i­cism cer­tainly takes guts.

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