With three uncontested seats in the upcoming Fremantle council elections, the Mayor was asked in this week’s Fremantle Gazette why he thought that was the case. He replied that this was a reflection of the community’s confidence in the council (I personally saw this as complacency in the community and perhaps worse, that there was a general disaffection with local politics).
So an obvious question is, how does the Mayor view 3 candidates vying for the City Ward? Is this a negative? Whichever way one looks at this question, I would have thought that more candidates means more choice, some healthy competition, a catalyst for debate on local issues, and most importantly independent voices rather than mayoral cronies. A cakewalk into council is not what we should be aiming for!