Council Elections - New mayor as Felicity says goodbye

Read about our new mayor after South Australian of the Year Felicity-ann Lewis stepped down after serving a record 14 years in the top job.

City Limits Magazine October 2014 This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 46 - October 2014.

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The City of Marion has a new mayor after South Australian of the Year Felicity-ann Lewis stepped down after serving a record 14 years in the top job.

At the close of nominations for the local government elections, former state MP Kris Hanna was the only nomination for mayor and was elected unopposed.

A total of 30 candidates have nominated for 12 seats across six wards in what is shaping to be
a hotly contested election in Marion next month.

Packs containing a ballot paper, information on the candidates and voting instructions are set to be posted to more than 61,000 voters in Marion.

Dr Lewis said: “I have decided to make the very difficult decision to no longer be mayor of the City of Marion. After 17 years on council, I believe now is the time to look for new opportunities and challenges.

City Limits - Oct 14 - Issue 46 - Felicity-ann Lewis“I look back on the achievements with immense pride, knowing Marion has benefited significantly from the partnership of council, staff and the community,” Dr Lewis said.

“Local government is clearly in my blood and I am sure I will continue to contribute to the sector in other ways.”

Marion Council chief executive officer Mark Searle said voters considering the future of the city had a strong field of candidates from which to choose.

“This election will be hotly contested and shows the strength of leadership we have in our community,” Mr Searle said.

“I’m excited that we have 31 candidates representing a wide range of ages and backgrounds who are prepared to serve
on council.

“If you are among many in the community who genuinely care about your street, your suburb and your city then I encourage you to vote.”

Profiles on each candidate appear, instructions on how to vote and a guide to council’s ward structure appear on the following pages.

Unlike state and federal polls, voting at council elections is voluntary with the last local government election held in 2010.

“Last council election saw 25.7 per cent of eligible voters in Marion cast a ballot and we’ve set ourselves a modest target of increasing voter turn-out to 27.7 per cent this election,” Mr Searle said.

Mr Searle said council manages more than $1 billion worth of libraries, neighbourhood centres, reserves, parks reserves, footpaths and roads on behalf of the community.

“Having your say on who should manage them and how they should be managed is as simple as voting in this election,” he said.

Dr Lewis will join five other councillors who are retiring at this election, including Carol Bouwens, Cheryl Connor, Kathleen Allen, Alice Campbell and Carolyn Habib.

“I wish to thank them for their service and contribution to the community over so many years,” Mr Searle said.

Completed ballots must be received for counting by no later than 5pm on Friday, November 7.

Counting will occur over the weekend of November 8 and 9 with provisional results expected on the weekend and the week following.

The first meeting of the new council is expected to be held on Tuesday, November 25.

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