Brunker con­tests new seat

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY coun­cil­lor Mike Brunker would force a by-elec­tion if his push to win the state seat of McMaster for the La­bor Party was suc­cess­ful.

Cr Brunker was crit­i­cal of for­mer coun­cil­lor Kevin Collins when he forced a by-elec­tion by re­sign­ing in 2014, but he said his sit­u­a­tion was com­pletely dif­fer­ent.

“I’m cer­tainly not just re­sign­ing and go­ing to put my feet up in the ham­mock. I want to take our is­sues... ad­vance them into the state. I’m try­ing to bet­ter our po­si­tion,” he said.

Be­fore be­ing elected a Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil­lor last year, Cr Brunker served a long and colour­ful ca­reer as mayor of the Bowen Shire and Whit­sun­day Re­gional coun­cils for 17 years.

He has made head­lines over his in­volve­ment in a fist fight with a turf club pres­i­dent and coun­cil’s han­dling of fi­nances, for which it was cleared of wrong­do­ing.

Cr Brunker also un­suc­cess­fully ran against Ge­orge Chris­tensen for the fed­eral seat of Daw­son in 2010 while tak­ing a leave of ab­sence as Whit­sun­day mayor, which is what he plans to do when the state elec­tion comes up.

RUN­NING: Mike Brunker will run for McMaster at the next state elec­tion.

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