THREE new names have joined the list of candidates for the upcoming local government elections.
Putty resident Terry O’Brien will run for the mayoral seat while Tessa Capsanis and Gary Lowe will contest councillor positions.
At this stage, Mr O’Brien, and existing councillors Sue Moore, Fred Harvison, John Martin and Tony McNamara will be mayoral candidates.
Mr O’Brien and Cr Harvison will only contest the mayor’s position which means if they are not voted in as mayor they won’t be on the new council.
Councillors Val Scott, Lee Gallagher, Ruth Rogers, Godfrey Adamthwaite will again run for election while councillors Alison Howlett, Paul Nichols and Maxine Smith have previously said they won’t be standing for re-election.
Cr Lyn MacBain told The Singleton Argus this week that she would retire after eight years of local government representation.
Mrs Capsanis was the first person to approach The Singleton Argus to announce her intention.
She has lived in Singleton for 31 years and has worked as a nurse midwife and nursing manager in the public and private health sectors.
Mrs Capsanis has been thinking about running for council for several years and says the timing is now right for her.
Mr Lowe trained as a parachute infantry soldier before leaving the army and is now Singleton Heights Sports Centre coordinator.
Mr O’Brien is a retired Royal Australian Airforce wing commander and lives on 40 hectares at Putty, a location he chose to retire to after working throughout the world in a mix of computer software, senior management development and ‘trouble-shooting’ jobs.
Mr O’Brien is a Liberal party endorsed candidate.
Formal candidate nominations open at 8.30am on Monday and close at noon on Wednesday August 8.