Warwick resident Kim Olsen has been the first outside council to announce he will contest the March elections.
Warwick resident Kim Olsen has been the first outside council to announce he will contest the March elections. Emma Channon

Quiet lead-in to election

THERE is an eerie silence in the lead-up to the next mayoral election, with only one confirmed candidate so far.

Kim Olsen has put his hand up and said he will be running for the seat in the March election; however, only rumours have surfaced about who he will be up against.

Mr Olsen laughed when questioned about what would set him apart from other candidates, claiming "there are no other candidates".

Deputy mayor Peter Blundell has been hotly rumoured to run for mayor but was unable to be contacted yesterday to confirm the whisper.

Councillor Neil Meiklejohn, who will run for council, said the lead-up to this election "really is unusually quiet".

"There was definitely more attention in the lead-up to the last election and I hope there's still an interest in people running," Cr Meiklejohn said.

"It's not uncommon for candidates to come along to a meeting (before they run), but that hasn't really happened and I'm surprised there's not other people declaring their intentions to run," he said.

A few councillors have confirmed they will run for council positions, but Councillor Mally McMurtrie said she had not yet decided which seat she would run for.

"I have no conceivable idea and I've had no time to think," Cr McMurtrie said.

Councillors Vic Pennisi, Cameron Gow and Denise Ingram will all be running for council but the others are yet to confirm with the Daily News.

Mr Olsen said he first considered running for councillor but decided to up-the-anti.

"I thought about running for council and then decided I want to change the way the council relates to the people and I can provide that," Mr Olsen said.

"Making a difference is my motivation.

"I'm confident I can do it and do it well and I have received very good feedback."


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