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Andrew Wilkie Endorses Glenorchy Mayoral Candidate

By August 1, 2014February 25th, 2021No Comments

T he  fiercely Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie MP, will today  announce that he is, for the first time, endorsing a candidate in the  upcoming local government elections. Mr Wilkie will endorse and launch Kristie  Johnston’s campaign to become Mayor of Glenorchy City Council.

WHAT: Andrew Wilkie  launches Kristie Johnston’s Mayoral Campaign
WHEN: 1:00pm sharp Friday 1  August 2014
WHERE: Barossa Park Lodge,  17A Clydesdale Avenue, Glenorchy

Mr Wilkie has previously declined to endorse any candidate at any election but  is today making an exception. Mr Wilkie said “Kristie is a first-class alderman, hard working  and a champion for the community. She has the experience and skills to be an  excellent mayor at a time when Glenorchy City Council is in need of new  leadership and fresh ideas. I am especially impressed by Kristie’s genuine  independence and focus on the public interest, rather than political and  personal self-interest. Endorsing anyone is a very big deal for me and  something I would only do very rarely, but I believe local government is  sufficiently removed from federal and state politics to allow it, and because  Kristie is such an exceptional candidate for mayor.”

Kristie  Johnston, an Alderman at Glenorchy City Council, said that she was honoured  to have such a well-respected member of the community publicly endorse her  campaign to become Mayor of Glenorchy. Ald Johnston said “As a resident and  Aldermen in this municipality I am deeply concerned with the direction that Glenorchy Council is heading in. Our ratepayers are suffering from  unreasonable rate increases and are frustrated by Council inefficiencies and  lack of genuine community engagement. Our Council has become characterised as  lacking transparency, accountability and vision and this is simply not good  enough”.

“It is  time for new leadership and a new direction that will deliver this Council  back to what the community wants and needs. I’m asking residents to join with  me and clean up Glenorchy and clean out this Council!” said Ald Johnston.

Andrew Wilkie and Alderman Johnston will be available for further comment after the launch.