DECISION CALLS FOR SOME GUTS
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.