Casos makes his pitch
IT'S A fair bet no new candidate in the Ipswich City Council election knows more about the council's inner workings than Bruce Casos.
Mr Casos, who is contesting Division 4 in the April 28 poll, has also been endorsed by the division's retiring councillor Trevor Nardi.
The other two candidates for Division 4 are Grant Vandersee and Shawn Ingle.
As a councillor in the Moreton Shire Council, Mr Casos was an architect of the Willowbank motorsport precinct and has spent most of his working life in local government.
Lately, he has been the council troubleshooter, liaising with the Mayor, councillors and people outside the council to solve problems.
"I spoke to the mayor last year and said I was thinking of running, but I could not have run against a sitting councillor," Mr Casos said.
"When Trevor said he wasn't going to contest the election, I thought, yes, I know the area very well, I grew up here, we had our family business here so it seemed a good opportunity."
Cr Nardi said he went back to the 70s with Mr Casos and had known his brother Paul and the Casos family for many years.
"He's a very honourable man and a very hard worker, so I'm confident Bruce will do a good job," he said. "He knows all the councillors and works well with all the councillors and the mayor.
"I support Bruce 100% so I'll be doing whatever I can to help him get elected."
Mr Casos said because he had been in local government for so long, he had a good knowledge and appreciation of how it worked.
"It gets in your blood," he said. "This is the level of government where you have the most intimate relationship with your residents.
"You really can make a contribution to their daily lives and at the same time contribute to the way their area develops."