Mayor, Deputy refuse to commit to re-election bid
MAYOR Mark Jamieson and his Deputy, Tim Dwyer, have both refused to confirm whether they'll seek re-election in March next year.
Former deputy mayor Chris Thompson this week confirmed he'll challenge Cr Jamieson for the Coast's top job, and a raft of candidates have already confirmed they'll contest a number of divisions.
But the Coast's top two councillors have thus far failed to commit to another election tilt.
In the past month Cr Jamieson has twice refused to confirm whether he'll run again, and this week said he would "advise the community of my intentions in relation to the March 2020 local government election in due course".
"There are 166 days (as of Monday) until the next election," he said.
"At the present time, I am concentrating on delivering my commitments which I made to our community for the current term of council."
Cr Dwyer, who represented Division 2, said he was still a week or two away from deciding his position, and when he did he would "let people know".
"Should be within the next week or two," Cr Dwyer said.
Elsewhere, Crs Jenny McKay (Division 5) and Greg Rogerson (Division 10) have already confirmed they'll be stepping down at the next election.
Rumours are also flying that Cr Steve Robinson (Division 9) was also set to step down.
On Monday he told the Daily he would "make my intentions clear in due course".
Rick Baberowski (Division 1) was on annual leave so was unable to respond to the question.
Division 3 Councillor Peter Cox said at this stage he intended to stand again.
"At this stage I will be recontesting, as there are several projects which I want to finalise on behalf of the Division 3 community," Cr Cox said.
Division 4 Councillor John Connolly confirmed he would recontest his blue-chip seat in 2020.
"Yes, I will be seeking re-election in March 2020," he said.
"We've had over three-and-a-half years of hard work in Division 4 and it's important that we keep moving forward, developing the economy.
"We have a big responsibility and it's not taken lightly."
Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson confirmed he too would be seeking re-election, adding he was very keen to continue representing his electorate.
Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford, who was currently completing a Diploma of Local Government, confirmed he too would be running again.
Division 8 Councillor Jason O'Pray said he would "100 per cent" be going again.
"I love what I do," he said.