CAMPAIGNING to become Bayswater’s next councillors has kicked off early this year, with three new faces already declaring their candidacy.
Kate Thomson, Robyn Walsh and Lorna Clarke will throw their hats into the ring for the October election. Four of the six councillors whose terms expire have not committed to run yet.
Cr Michelle Sutherland said she would run “at this stage” for the North ward and Cr John Rifici confirmed he would not recontest his South ward seat.
Maylands resident Kate Thomson, part of the Guildford Road to Ruin group, and fellow Maylands resident Robyn Walsh, part of the No Houses in Wetlands group, will run for the South ward seat.
Bayswater resident Lorna Clarke, who is on the board of the WA Environmental Defender’s Office, will run for West ward.
Deputy Mayor Stephanie Coates and Cr Alan Radford both said they were undecided whether to run again for the West and North wards respectively.
West ward and former mayor Cr Terry Kenyon has an application in progress at the State Administrative Tribunal to clarify if he will be disqualified from council after the Federal Court declared him bankrupt. No candidates have yet declared their interest in the Central ward seat, held by Mayor Barry McKenna.
Cr McKenna has been a councillor since 1991 and said he would make a “clear decision” on whether he would run again in July or August.
Crs Chris Cornish, Sally Palmer, Catherine Ehrhardt, Brent Fleeton and Dan Bull will serve the second half of their terms.