Former councillor Tony Romano throws hat in the state election ring

Former councillor Tony Romano throws hat in the state election ring

FORMER Cockburn councillor Tony Romano will run for an upper house seat in the South Metropolitan Region in Saturday’s state election.

Mr Romano, who works in real estate and as president of the Melville Cockburn Chamber of Commerce spruiking local business, will run as an independent.

He said he was keen to Roe 8 built to address east-west traffic issues, which he predicted would only worsen as the population on the Cockburn coast booms and urban infill places more people in limited space.

“I’ve always had a view it should be built, although I’m not sure about Roe 9 yet,” he said.

Mr Romano, of Spearwood, said he was passionate about local business and believed better roads, including the Armadale Road to North Lake Road flyover would have a flow-on effect beneficial to those setting up locally and those already established.

He said he was also interested in addressing issues around youth unemployment.

Mr Romano will preference current Cockburn councillor Steve Portelli in the lower house.

Mr Portelli, who will return the favour for Mr Romano in the upper house, is a candidate for the state seat of Cockburn.