No councillor is safe as 38 ask for the job

A FULL field of candidates have nominated to run for Ipswich City Council in next month's election.

It is the first time since 2000 that all councillors have been opposed.

A total of 38 candidates will face the poll on March 19 with two mayoral candidates standing against Mayor Paul Pisasale.

Previous mayoral candidate Peter Luxton has thrown his hat in the ring for another chance at the job.

Leichhardt-based councillor Charlie Pisasale had two last minute nominations against him. Denmark Hill telecommunications manager Kev Thomas, who last year successfully challenged council in the courts over a destruction order on the family dog, has nominated for Division 8. Recruitment consultant, and former electorate officer for Cr David Pahlke, Bronwyn Scott has also nominated for Division 8.

Division 3 candidates Patricia Petersen, Hayley Finocchio and Steven Wood were revealed as being linked.

Despite denying any connection to Ms Petersen in the QT in December, Ms Finocchio and two family members nominated her as a candidate for the division and Ms Petersen nominated Ms Finocchio as a candidate. The three Finocchios also nominated Steven Wood as a candidate for the division as did Ms Petersen.

There are six candidates contesting Division 3, vacated by Deputy Mayor Victor Attwood.

The largest number of candidates for the election is in Division 5 after councillor Heather Morrow indicated back in May that should would retire at the election.

There are eight candidates. Senior citizen Trevor Grandin is not one of them, who put the brakes on his mobility scooter after he did not have the six nominations required to run as a candidate. Businessman Michael Melling was also not among the candidates.

Chuwar pensioner Barry Ryder, Barellan Point accountant Peter Robinson and East Ipswich man Michael Jackson, who challenged council's use of automatic number plate recognition in 2014, added their names to stand in Division 5.

Division 4, vacated by retiring councillor Bruce Casos, attracted four candidates, Bundamba photographer Yme Tulleners and Booval student James Fazl also running. Nominations closed yesterday and the ballot draw will be held today.



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