Record number run for office

Karen Bainbridge, PA to the Director Governance, with City of Gosnells returning officer Shaun Major. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d407653
Karen Bainbridge, PA to the Director Governance, with City of Gosnells returning officer Shaun Major. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d407653

It is the most candidates ever to run for a single ward in WA, breaking the previous record of 19 at the 2011 election, also held by the City of Gosnells.

City of Gosnells chief executive Ian Cowie hoped this extraordinary factor would encourage more people to vote, given that fewer than a quarter of electors voted in 2011.

‘Voter turnout was just 22.76 per cent at the 2011 election. It was among the lowest in the metropolitan area,’ he said.

‘We are a rapidly growing area and voting in the local government election is one way that residents can help shape the City’s future.’

Councillors whose terms end in 2013 ” Julie Brown, Terry Brown, Ron Hoffman, Susan Iwanyk, Karen Jones and Olwen Searle ” are all running again.

Other candidates include David Goode, who ran for Gosnells MLA in the March State election, Gosnells District Ratepayers Association president Sandy Baraiolo and Australian Arabic Association community director Sam Youssef, who ran in the 2011 council election.

Election day is Saturday, October 1. WA Electoral Commission will mail voting packages to eligible voters with candidate profiles.

Profiles are also at www.gosnells.wa.gov.au.

Voters must mail completed ballot so the Electoral Commission receives it by October 18

They can also use the ballot box at the City Civic Centre by 6pm on election day.