By-elec­tion for Di­vi­sion 2


TWO people have con­firmed they will be con­test­ing the elec­tion for Di­vi­sion 2 to re­place Kevin Collins.

For­mer mayor Mario Demar­tini has said he would stand.

Cr Kevin Collins’ res­ig­na­tion comes into ef­fect next Mon­day and he is en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to sup­port Mr Demar­tini.

Mr Demar­tini said that with his 14 years ex­pe­ri­ence in Lo­cal Govern­ment, he be­lieved he could con­trib­ute valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence and sta­bil­ity.

“It is not my in­tent to com­ment on any is­sues re­gard­ing Cr Collins’ res­ig­na­tion and I feel it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to com­ment on any Coun­cil is­sues at this stage,” he said.

For­mer deputy mayor Ro­gin Tay­lor will also con­test the elec­tion.

Mr Tay­lor was de­feated at the last elec­tion by Cr Collins.

Mr Tay­lor says that if elected, he will vote to re­move the $140 an­nual levy and re­turn the 10 per cent early pay­ment dis­count on rates “that could mean hun­dreds of dol­lars of sav­ings to ev­ery ratepayer”.

He has also promised to vote for “more rea­son­able wa­ter charges” and bal­lot booth voting for all elec­tions.

For­mer Whit­sun­day Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (WRA) pres­i­dent Andrew Fin­lay has an­nounced via so­cial me­dia that he may con­test the elec­tion.

Mean­while, Cr Collins has said he be­lieves any­one op­pos­ing Demar­tini would be wast­ing their money and time.

“It would be a great mark of re­spect and unity as well as sav­ing the com­mu­nity the in­con­ve­nience of a by-elec­tion to see Mr Demar­tini elected un­op­posed for the bal­ance of this term,” he said.

Mayor Jennifer Whit­ney said she would be pre­pared to work with who­ever the com­mu­nity voted in.

Mr Demar­tini (520 pri­mary votes) came sec­ond to Cr Collins (656 pri­marty votes) in the last elec­tion for Di­vi­sion 2 in 2012.

STEP­PING UP: For­mer mayor Mario Demar­tini will be run­ning for the Di­vi­sion 2 elec­torate.

STAND­ING FOR OF­FICE: For­mer deputy mayor Ro­gin Tay­lor has said he will stand as a Di­vi­sion 2 can­di­date.

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