It’s still early days but the local government elections are shaping up to be a mix of familiar and new faces.
Parramatta and Cumberland council residents must vote on September 9.
Labor’s preselected Cumberland candidates are led by former Holroyd councillors Greg Cummings (Greystanes ward) and Lisa Lake (Wentworthville), former Parramatta councillor Glenn Elmore (Granville South) and former Auburn councillor George Campbell (Regents Park). Former Holroyd Little Athletics secretary Steve Christou is among the new faces as the lead candidate in the Granville ward. Others include James Plummer, Ola Hamed, Kun Huang, Suman Saha and Glen Richardson.
Their policy will be based on community participation.
Former Parramatta lord mayor Paul Garrard will run for Cumberland’s South Granville ward for Our Local Community (OLC). His daughter Michelle will contest Parramatta in the Dundas ward alongside Wayne Butcher (Parramatta) and former councillor Andrew Wilson (Rosehill).
Former Holroyd mayor Mark Pigram is the OLC candidate for Cumberland’s Wentworthville ward, following a five year absence from council. Rima Balech will run for the Granville ward.
OLC’s focus is on local neighbourhoods. “Council is not the place to display politics,” Mr Garrard said.
Labor preselection for Parramatta is yet to occur. The Liberals are yet to reveal candidates for either council.