Three council seats up for grabs
THREE sitting Toodyay shire councillors will recontest their seats at next month’s WA local government elections.
Shire President Rosemary Madacsi, Shire Deputy President Beth Ruthven and Cr Susan Pearce – whose four-year terms expire next month – have all formally nominated for the October 21 poll.
Nominations for three council vacancies close at 4pm on Thursday October 7 – one day after The Herald goes to press.
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This would require a postal ballot of all Toodyay electors, with a WA Electoral Commission mail-out of voting packages starting on Friday September 15.
No election will be needed if only three candidates nominate for the three seats.
This year sees the introduction of optional preferential voting which enables candidates to share votes to defeat rivals.
Toodyay voters do not choose a shire president or deputy.
The two-year roles are decided by a secret ballot of councillors at the first shire council meeting after the election.
Voting is not compulsory in WA local government elections.