Joondalup election attracts 31 candidates

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THE Joondalup council election will be hotly contested, with 31 candidates throwing their hat in the ring for six available seats.

The most competition will be seen in the North Central and South West wards, with seven candidates each.

Having served one term so far, Cr Nige Jones has re-nominated for the North Central seat alongside former Police Minister and Hillarys MLA Rob Johnson, who lost his seat in the 2017 State Election after contesting it as an independent, former councillor Trona Young, previous election candidates Brogan Murphy and Juliette Reay, and newcomers Simon Walker and Christina Costigan.

With Cr Mike Norman not re-nominating for the South West seat, a new face is guaranteed.

Previous candidates Jamie Chester, whose father John Chester is a South East ward councillor, Said Hafez and John Raftis have again raised their hand, as well as new nominees Tom Meagher, David Heath, Allan Ribbons and Philip Doust.

The South ward has six candidates after Cr Sophie Dwyer’s announcement not to re-nominate.

They include Gemma Taavale, Suzanne Thompson, Liam O’Connor, Hunter Murphy, Paul Appleton and Tony McManus who have all nominated for the first time.

The Central and South East wards have four candidates each.

In Central, Cr Russell Poliwka will re-nominate alongside previous candidates Sheridan Young and Peter Rowlands and newcomer Phillip Vinciullo.

In South East, Cr John Logan will re-nominate alongside previous councillor Teresa Ritchie, newcomer Liam Wright and Paul Johnson, whose father is Rob Johnson.

The three candidates contesting the North ward are incumbent Cr Tom McLean, previous candidate Mary O’Byrne and newcomer Tammy Miller.

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