Shire voters double State turnout

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The Shire of Denmark has received almost double the proportion of the State’s average voter turnout in its local government election.

Denmark has received 48.76 per cent of election packages returned so far, while the State’s average remains at 29.38 per cent.

There are five positions available in the Shire of Denmark, with 12 candidates competing for the seats during the local government election this weekend.

Tensions remain particularly high in this year’s election as current and previous local councillors compete for the five seats.

Kent-Nornalup Ward has received the highest percentage voter turnout so far, with 53.28 per cent of election packages retur-ned.

Clem Wright will try to be re-elected for the Kent-Nornalup Ward and is directly opposed to Roger Seeney, a former councillor who is part of the Get Denmark Back on Track group.

Scotsdale-Shadforth Ward has received the second highest participation rate at 47.36 per cent. There are three spots available in the Scotsdale-Shadforth Ward, with Peter Caron and Mark Allen seeking re-election, while Yasmin Bartlett has resigned mid-term.

Also contesting this ward is Kingsley Gibson, a former councillor in Capel who worked for the WA Planning Commission, and South Coast Surfing Lessons owner Mike Neunuebel. Town Ward has received 47.29 per cent of returned election packages so far.

Shire president David Morrell will look to be re-elected in the Town Ward, with Richard Dembowski and Ian Osborne opposing Mr Morrell.

Election day is this Satur-day, with successful candi-dates elected for a four-year term to 2021.

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