THE local government elections have truly arrived following yesterday’s draw for ballot positions with a total of 46 candidates registered before the noon deadline.
There are eight groups in total vying for election to Great Lakes Council with just three ungrouped candidates, including the late registration of Liberal Democrats candidate Adam Frost.
The draw placed candidate groups in alphabetical order from A to H by random draw. Current councillor Linda Gill’s group, which features high profile new candidate Kevin Carter in the number two position, was the first drawn.
Fellow incumbent Len Roberts’ group was next, with Cr Carol McCaskie seeking re-election at number two on the Roberts ticket.
Deputy Mayor Jon Stephens’ group of six candidates was drawn third with Cr John Weate’s Labor group drawn fourth.
Mayor Jan McWilliams’ group was next with Cr Karen Hutchinson seeking re-election at number two on the McWilliams ticket.
A new group of candidates led by Tony Summers was drawn sixth with Cr Leigh Vaughan’s group seventh and Cr Mike Tuffy’s group the last drawn from the barrel.
Liberal Democrat Adam Frost was the first of the ungrouped candidates drawn, followed by Peter Mooney and Jim Morwitch.
Pre-poll voting will open on August 27 and close on September 7 ahead of Election Day on September 8.
The full results of yesterday’s ballot draw were as follows:
A: Linda Gill, Kevin Carter, Rebecca Hoad, Joel Dunn and Christian Patterson.
B: Len Roberts, Carol McCaskie, Bob Wilson, Sue Slater and Bruce Wildie.
C: John Stephens, Sharon Fowle, Daniel Scott, Michael Lawrence, Jan Paton and Bob Manners.
D: John Weate, Natalie Bolt, Louise Collins, Craig Tate, Gaye Carson and Noel Cox.
E: Jan McWilliams, Karen Hutchinson, Jan Williams, Ted Bickford and Greg Micallef.
F: Tony Summers, Barry Stamp, Brad Andrew, Christian Rohan and Leanne Skillen.
G: Leigh Vaughan, Brett Cooper, Austin Kelly, Lynette Davis, Helen Ackland and David Schubert.
H: Mike Tuffy, Wayne Anderson, Ryan Scott, Les Coleman and Doug Hodgess.
The ungrouped candidates were drawn in the following order: Adam Frost (Liberal Democrats), Peter Mooney and Jim Morwitch.