Election for Wodonga Council draws 24 candidates, second biggest field on record

A FIELD of 24 will contest Wodonga’s council election following the close of nominations.

It is the biggest pool of contenders since 1997 when 25 hopefuls ran for the first vote held after commissioners had been appointed to manage a new-look Wodonga Council formed through Victorian premier Jeff Kennett’s redrawing of local government boundaries.

Field set: Wodonga council election returning officer Alan Cuman (far right) takes candidates through the ballot draw on Tuesday afternoon. The hopeful who drew top place, Danny Lowe, is at the far left.

Field set: Wodonga council election returning officer Alan Cuman (far right) takes candidates through the ballot draw on Tuesday afternoon. The hopeful who drew top place, Danny Lowe, is at the far left.

At the last election in 2012 there were 13 candidates and in 2008 the contest involved 20 contenders.

Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie suggested the large field reflected the fact four seats on the council were vacant with Eric Kerr, Mark Byatt, Rodney Wangman and Lisa Mahood not continuing.

“When you’ve got four vacant positions I think it tends to bring more people out,” Cr Speedie said.

The 24 candidates are made up of 18 men and six women.

The ballot draw on Tuesday afternoon resulted in the following listing – 

  1. Danny Lowe
  2. Geoffrey Butt
  3. Ant Packer
  4. Ben Clifton
  5. Galvin Dunlop
  6. Veronique Janel
  7. David Johnston
  8. Peter Smith
  9. Brian Mitchell
  10. Lubosh Hanuska
  11. Michael Fraser
  12. Libby Hall
  13. Adam Koster
  14. Ron Mildren
  15. Alison Reed
  16. Trevor White
  17. John Watson
  18. Ray Snell
  19. Kat Bennett
  20. Christopher Rogers
  21. Dawn George
  22. Tim Quilty
  23. Anna Speedie
  24. Richard Shannon

The election will be decided in via postal votes which are scheduled to be mailed from October 4 to 6.  

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