Competition heats up for seats

In the week’s leading up to the October 19 election, the Times will report on all the candidates for each ward, starting with the two people vying for one seat in the north ward.

Currently occupying that seat, Two Rocks resident Laura Gray will recontest for a third term.

Cr Gray became the Deputy Mayor in 2011 following the last mayoral election, received a local government scholarship, chairs a local school board and works from home as a heritage and conservation consultant.

In her nomination, she asked for residents’ support to continue serving on the council.

‘For the past eight years, my passion, enthusiasm, experience, integrity and commitment ensured that as your local councillor I understood and responded to many challenges on your behalf,’ she said.

‘I live, work, participate in our local community, have experienced life’s challenges and have the privilege of bringing up grandchildren in our fantastic environment.’

The second candidate, Linda Aitken was the Liberal candidate for Butler during the State elections earlier this year, and is a surgical theatre nurse at Hollywood Hospital.

In her nomination, Mrs Aitken said her priorities were for better community and sporting facilities, recreational facilities for seniors, traffic controls, transport, playgrounds in parks and bushland protection. ‘My husband Vince and our four kids have lived in the City of Wanneroo for 34 years,’ she said.

‘I’ll consult widely and the views of local families will be strongly represented.’ Last week the Times reported on potential candidates for the north ward who spoke at the last Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting.

Although she said her heart was in the north ward, Nowergup resident Sabine Winton also said she had strong ties to the coastal ward where her children attend school.

After the meeting, she decided to nominate for the coastal ward instead, where there are two seats up for grabs and a total of five candidates.