Campbelltown voters go to the polls this Saturday in a by-election to replace the vacancy left on the council by the passing of my old mate, the great Fred Borg, who died before Christmas.
There are only three hopefuls standing – Ben Gilholme, Gary Potts and Josh Cotter – all fairly decent and likeable blokes. I’ve known each of them for years and can’t think of any horror stories to tell.
But for those of who don’t know them, and have no idea where they fit on the political spectrum, perhaps I can offer these thoughts:
If you’re a keen Labor voter, your party candidate is Ben.
Personally, my only concern has nothing to do with Ben, but if he is elected it will hand Labor outright majority on the council for the first time ever...the power of God. I don't like party politics dominating our local councils, so that worries me.
For those who are keen Liberal voters, there is no party candidate, but Josh used to be a Liberal, and is now backed by Cr Paul Lake, one of the more pro-growth independents. He’s a nice young bloke, enjoyable to debate with, who I’ve known since he was the captain of John Therry High School.
Which leaves Gary Potts, who actually ran on Cr Borg’s TLC (Totally Locally Committed) ticket. So, if you think Fred should be replaced on council by one of Fred’s own, he’s likely the bloke to look at. Good luck to all.