Stirling mayor rules out run at Federal politics

STIRLING Mayor Mark Irwin is not hoping to fill the Federal seat being vacated by Stirling MHR Michael Keenan.

Mr Keenan announced on January 26 he would not recontest his seat at the upcoming election because he wanted to spend more time with his young family.

Media reports suggested Cr Irwin as a potential replacement but the first-term mayor said he would not nominate for the seat and would instead seek re-election as mayor in the local government elections in October.

“I am committed to my role as mayor of the City of Stirling and continuing to work with council and the City to achieve the best possible outcomes for our community,” he said.

“I know there will be many strong candidates putting their hand up to run for the Federal seat of Stirling.”

During his resignation announcement, Mr Keenan said he believed it would be a “tough election” but was confident his replacement could be elected. He would not be drawn on names but said there were a “couple of very good women” he hoped would nominate.