Familiar faces may seek election
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
WITH Gladstone City Councillor Kim Norton standing down from her position, the by-election to find her replacement is likely to include some familiar faces.
One candidate who missed out on last year's elections has already thrown his hat in the ring, while others are still deciding.
However the person who missed out by the narrowest of margins will not run again.
After 28 years of council service, Dave Burns missed out by only 109 votes, but said he had no intention of running for the byelection.
'No, 28 years is long enough,'' Mr Burns said.
'I wish them luck and they'll need it because they've lost one of their best councillors (Ms Norton),'' he said.
Stephen Mills received the highest number of votes after Mr Burns, but as yet hasn't made up his mind if he will run.
'I'll have to have a think about it, but I wouldn't rule it out,' Mr Mills said.
Mr Mills served on the council before last year's elections and said he would go back if he felt he still had something to offer.
'But I wouldn't want to just go back on council just to fill the seat. I would only go back if I felt I had something to offer,' Mr Mills said.
However one person who will definitely put his hand up is Rick Hansen.
Mr Hansen missed out on election last time around by about 650 votes, but said he was keen to get into the council.
Jason Rose also received a high number of votes of those who were not elected, but has since moved out of the region.
One other person who is still considering nomination is Viv Pengelly who ran for mayor at the last election.
Under the rules of the original election, anyone running for mayor was not able to run for a position as councillor, however under the rules of the by-election, Mr Pengelly is eligible to nominate.
There is no date for the by-election, but it must be held 10 weeks after Cr Norton's finishing date of December 16.