AN ELECTION is in the air and the mudslinging has begun. A press release sent by three mayoral candidates, Neil Marks, Graham Meineke and Gianpiero Battista, has accused Mayor Jenny Dowell of "attempting to mislead voters by hiding the fact that she is an endorsed Labor Party candidate."
"While we personally believe there is no place for party politics in local government, political parties are entitled to run but they should not hide the important link from the public. That is just plain deceptive," the joint statement said.
Cr Dowell told The Echo her party affiliation "is on the most important document, which is every voting paper, and on all of the posters too."
She said the ads being run in newspapers "are very minimalist; we're not trying to hide anything."
The Echo was also made aware last week that there are a number of candidates who are members of the National Party that are running as independents. They include Neil Marks and Kel Graham who are running on the same group ticket, another mayoral candidate Greg Bennett and also Adrian Bordin.
When asked why no-one was running under The Nationals' banner, Neil Marks said there had been a directive from the deputy state director Greg Dezman that the party was not endorsing any candidates in the 2012 local government elections.
Gianpiero Battista was formerly a member of the Liberal Party, but resigned in January "because of what they are doing regarding CSG in the region," he told The Echo.
The Echo wouldn't want to be hiding these 'important link(s) from the public'.
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