Nominations strong for elected member roles

Nominations strong for elected member roles

Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin has been re-elected unopposed for the upcoming Local Government elections, while a two-way Mayoral contest will play out in Grant District Council following the close of nominations on Tuesday.

No challengers nominated for the Mount Gambier City Mayoralty, while long-serving Grant incumbent Richard Sage will take on current councillor Kylie Boston.

Both councils received a swag of nominations for councillor roles, with 18 nominating for nine positions in Mount Gambier and 15 seeking election for nine positions across three Grant District wards.

In the Grant district, the departure of long-serving Councillor Shirley Little in Tarpeena Ward will be filled by either Valma Ward or Karen Turnbull.

Meanwhile in Port MacDonnell Ward, newcomers Rodney Virgo and Kaydee Rogers will challenge sitting Councillor Gill Clayfield.

There were 10 nominations for seven positions in Central Ward with incumbents Megan Dukalskis, Barry Kuhl, Brad Mann, Bruce Bain, Gavin Clarke and Peter Duncan running against newcomers David Swiggs, Katherine Greene, Greg Baxendale and Terry Smith.

In the Mount Gambier City Council, current sitting councillors Max Bruins, Ben Hood, Sonya Mezinec, Kate Amoroso, Paul Jenner, Frank Morello and Ian Von Stanke have all renominated.

Former councillors Llewellyn Jones and Josh Lynagh have also nominated for City Council. Mr Jones, a local 5GTR-FM radio announcer, previously served two terms on council in the 1980s while Mr Lynagh served for one term from 2014-18.

They will be challenged by newcomers Kevin Raedel, Owen Drinkell, Justin Edwards, Jason Virgo, Alysha Herrmann, Mark Lovett, Scott Turner, Steve Paleokastritis and Bruce Morale.

Council liaison officer Michael McCarthy and local district returning officer for the electoral commission Kevin Mott conducted the draw for City Council nominations.

Ballot material will be posted out to ratepayers between October 14 and 20, with voting to close at 5pm on November 10.

The scrutiny and counting of votes will take place on November 12 from 9am.

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