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Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Briars Ward and Frankston City’s North-East Ward will be hotly contested as a plethora of candidates stand for this month’s council elections. Thirty-five candidates are vying for nine seats on Frankston Council while 43 candidates are contesting 11 positions on Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.

Frankston will have at least four new faces after Mayor Sandra Mayer and councillors Brian Cunial, Quinn McCormack and Lillian O’Connor decided to call time. Veterans Colin Hampton and Glenn Aitken are standing again, as are Kris Bolam, Michael O’Reilly and Steve Toms.

Cr Hampton faces stiff competition in North-East Ward with 12 challengers: Richard Rendell, David Asker, Karan Kent, Nathan Conroy, Shane Osborne, Suzette Tayler, Rupinder Singh, Prasad Philip, Henryk Kay, Geoffrey Harbeck, Jay Johnstone and Parker Kapp.

In North-West Ward, sitting councillors Bolam, Aitken and O’Reilly will be joined on the hustings by Justin Turner, Gabriel Norris, Alan Middleton, Stan Doric, Steven Hughes, Sue Baker, Jocelyn Torres, Banson Wong and Jeff Shelley.

In South Ward, Cr Toms is up against challengers Stephen McDonald, Carmen Griffiths, Darrel Taylor, Claire Harvey, Peter Malone, Brad Hill, Liam Hughes, Evalyn Clow and Jerome Hughes.

Three councillors will be elected in each of the Frankston City wards.

Mornington Peninsula Shire will have at least six new faces after councillors Frank Martin, Bev Colomb, Rosie Clark, Bryan Payne and Julie Morris, along with outgoing Mayor Sam Hearn, decided not to stand again.

Fifteen candidates are vying for three vacancies in Briars Ward: Peter Orton, Barbara O’Reilly, Belinda Rodman, Julia McCarthy, Jill Stanszus, Stephen Batty, Steve Holland, Despi O’Connor, Dion Mullett Treloar, Bruce Ranken, Janet Street, Peter Fitzgerald, Wayne Hinton, Andrew Ward and Anthony Marsh. 

In Cerberus Ward, four candidates – including sitting councillor Kate Roper – are contesting one vacancy. The challengers are Darren Barnfield, Neil Biggins and Lisa Dixon.

Hugh Fraser has renominated for Nepean Ward and faces fellow candidates Mark Davis, Susan Bissinger, Mechelle Cheers, Sarah Race, Simon Mulvany and Gary Naughton in the battle for two vacancies.

Former mayor David Gill will again contest Red Hill Ward and face off against Claire Thorn, Tim Davies, Melissa Goffin and David Breadmore for the one seat.

In Seawinds Ward, sitting councillors Antonella Celi and Simon Brooks are up against five challengers – Jared Tipping, Debra Mar, George Conrad, Simon Galli and Kerri McCafferty – in the battle for the three positions.

High-profile candidate Paul Mercurio, along with Stefan Borzecki, Bernhard Loois, Michael Stephens and Louise Page, are vying for one seat in Watson Ward.

This year’s elections are being decided by a postal ballot because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Voters in each municipality will receive a ballot pack early this month, and ballot papers must be in the mail or in the hands of the returning officer when voting closes at 6pm on Friday, October 23. All elections will be declared by Friday, November 13. For more information, visit

The election manager for the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council elections is Julie Allan, Shop 13, 143 Point Nepean Rd, Dromana. Phone 8619 1909.

The election manager for the Frankston City Council elections is Peter Williams, 146 Young St, Frankston. Phone 8619 1651.

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