Shire of Mundaring president David Lavell returned, while 19-year-old Jason Russell also elected

Jason Russell was “blown away” to be elected to the Shire of Mundaring council.
Jason Russell was “blown away” to be elected to the Shire of Mundaring council.

SHIRE of Mundaring councillors Patrick Bertola, Tony Cuccaro, Pauline Clark and Bob Perks failed in their bid to be re-elected to council on Saturday.

In Central ward, two candidates contested one vacancy with newcomer Toni Burbridge receiving 57 per cent of the vote to defeat sitting councillor Bob Perks.

In East ward, three candidates contested one vacancy with Kate Driver receiving 40 per cent of the votes to edge out Patrick Bertola.

In South ward, four candidates contested two vacancies.

Newly-elected Darrell Jones received 37 per cent of the votes, followed by current Shire President David Lavell who received 27 per cent of votes.

In West ward, six candidates contested two vacancies.

Young law student Jason Russell (19) received the most, followed by Ian Green, defeating sitting councillors Pauline Clark and Tony Cuccaro.

Mr Russell thanked all his supporters.

“I was hoping I would just scrape in with enough votes so I am really blown away to receive the most votes in such a highly contested race,” he said.

“I was concerned my age might work against me, but because I took the time to get out in the community and connect I was able to shore up people’s confidence that I have the maturity and skills to be a councillor.

“I also think it was time for a change and the new council is an opportunity to bring back community confidence in the Shire which has been split in recent years.”

Shire of Mundaring will hold a formal swearing in ceremony tonight at the Shire Administration building where the Shire president, deputy president and newly elected councillors will make a declaration of office.

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