Camden council: who is running again in September?

Coming back: Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak has decided to stand again for another term on council and would love the opportunity to act as mayor again. Picture: Wolter Peeters
Coming back: Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak has decided to stand again for another term on council and would love the opportunity to act as mayor again. Picture: Wolter Peeters

The local government elections are still months away but many of Camden’s councillors have already made their decision to run again.

A mere two months after residents go to the polls for the federal election, they will vote again to elect their local government representatives in September.

One Camden councillor who will not be standing again is Greg Warren.

Cr Warren was elected as a Member of Parliament last year and is legally obliged to cease his position on the council.

Councillor David Bligh, in the north ward, is still undecided if he would run for a second term.

“I haven’t made my decision yet,” Cr Bligh said.

“I will wait until close to the elections to decide.”

Also of the north ward, Mayor Lara Symkowiak has no hesitations in running again.

“Yes, I will be standing in the election,” she said.

“I love [being on council] and want to continue doing it.

“There are lots of projects council have still got to complete and I’d love to have the opportunity to see those projects through.

“Camden is a community that I love and it is a privilege to serve it. It’s an awesome job.”

Cr Symkowiak, if elected again, would put herself forward for another term as mayor, but said “it will be impossible to say if I will be in a position to run for mayor again”.

Councillor Debby Dewbery had felt for the past four years that this term would be her last, but in recent weeks resolved to run again.

“The last 18 months people have been making abusive phone calls and I’m over it,” she said.

“If I am re-elected I will make sure the [Oxley Street] car park is constructed.

“If you want this car park to go ahead, vote for me. If you don’t, vote for somebody else.”

Cr Dewbery’s south ward colleague Eva Campbell had similar thoughts of making this term her last, but will also run again in September.

Cr Campbell, who has served Camden since 1995, is determined to see the council return to “community interest” and not be “dominated by party politics which are about acquiring and maintaining power at the cost of the community”.

“I’ve had a lot of experience and this is the first totally political council I have served on,” she said.

“It has not served its community well. If your primary focus is your party and your own political prospects that does not best serve your community.”

Councillor Greg Copeland indicated he will also run again, as will Therese Fedeli who has “really enjoyed” her first term and feels it is a “privilege to serve the Camden community”.

Deputy mayor Peter Sidgreaves said he will “most definitely” stand again subject to pre-selection from the Liberal party as there are plenty of projects he wants to see through.

Councillor Penny Fischer could not be reached for comment.

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