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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Candidates reveal their voting plans

NO BLOC: Julian Fidge and Greg Mirabella are two of three high-profile candidates who will preference each other highly, but deny a formal alliance.
Nanjing Night Net

Three high-profile candidatesare united in asking for Wangaratta’s votes for council, but deny they have formed a bloc.

Greg Mirabella, Julian Fidge and Ruth Ameryhave all preferenced each other at the top of their how-to-vote cards.

The cards are no longer required to be contained in voting packs, but some candidates chose to release their preferences when asked by The Border Mail.

Mr Mirabella placed Mrs Amery second, saying she was the only viable female city candidate because 19-year-old Ashlee Fitzpatrick wasinexperienced, and had Dr Fidge at number four.

“I don’t have anything against Julian personally,” he said.“He was obviously one of the principal protagonists in the last lot, but the only one to put his hand up again.

“He’s convinced me he’ll be a team player.”

Dr Fidge listed Mrs Amery second, followed by Mr Mirabella third.

He said honesty and independence were the most important character traits.

“I know from my military service that Greg Mirabella has the necessary training to be a good councillor,” he said.“It is a very impressive set of skills which we all take for granted.”

Mrs Amery’s husband, Noel, was an ally of Dr Fidgein the sacked 2013 team.

“I know Ruth Amery well from the previous counciland as well as being honest and independent, she also brings some gender balance to council,” he said.

The trio also placed Dean Rees highly, with Mr Mirabella having him at number three, but the candidate said he was not aligned to anyone.

“Voters need to look past the past and towards the people who they believe – whether you like them or not – have the business skills, leadership capabilities, strong personalities and a sense of pride in making Wangaratta great again,” Mr Reessaid.

Warby ward candidate Helen Senior, who is retired, said the other threein her section did not have enough time for the council role.

“My number two is Mark Currie … as he being the youngest, hemay find a little time to devote to council work,” she said.

Over in the south ward, Phil Larkin chose to preference Harry Bussell ahead of Kerrin Chambers because they had similar views.

Most candidates chose not to have any preferences.

Luke Davies said anyone smart enough to put him at number one could make up their own mind for the rest.

“I have seen the how-to-vote cards of several candidates and it is clear they would like to have a bloc or group of followers in council to push their own ideas or agendas,” he said.

Lauren McCully, standing in the north ward, also said people should make up their own minds.

“I would like voters to look at each individual and ensure that their interests are the Rural City of Wangaratta’s and not personal agendas,” she said.

Dave Fuller said he would like voters to considercandidates’ community involvement and platforms for the futurewhen making their decisions.“I feel like if you preference you are casting judgement on other candidates,” he said.

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