Councillor resigns on principle as elections loom
CR BILL MANNING has given notice that he will resign his seat on September 30 because Toodyay has abolished ward boundaries for the October shire elections.
In an email to all councillors last month, Cr Manning – whose four-year term does not expire until October 2021 – said he believed that all councillors should put themselves up for re-election this October.
“This will mean that all councillors have been chosen by the entire electorate and ensure greater legitimacy in the eyes of the electorate,” Cr Manning said.Read more
“Consequently, I have given notice to the CEO of my resignation as a councillor, effective from 30 September 2019.”
Others on the nine-member council whose terms don’t expire until 2021 are Shire President Brian Rayner, who won his seat without anyone voting for him in 2017 when he was the only candidate to stand in the shire’s former North Ward, Deputy President Therese Chitty and Cr Paula Greenway.
Deputy President Chitty told a June 12 public meeting that she had considered resigning to stand for re-election this year but decided that she was lawfully elected to serve four years and would see out her term.
President Rayner said he would stay another two years.