Ballina Mayor Phil Silver has decided not to run as an independent candidate for the seat of Ballina in the upcoming state election on March 24.
Cr Silver, who made up his mind after a weekend meeting of his supporters group, said yesterday he felt his best role was to continue in local government for as long as he could.
His decision leaves only three candidates so far to contest the poll sitting MP Don Page, Labors Melanie Doriean and Greens candidate John Bailey. Writs for the poll were issued on Monday and nominations close at midday today, Thursday, March 8.
Cr Silver said he was very grateful to his many supporters who offered help and encouragement which was quite humbling and overwhelming.
Cr Silver offered a piece of advice to major party candidates, suggesting they cease their negativity and belittling and knuckle down to achieve infrastructure and services for our region.
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