THREE candidates have put their hands up to become the new mayor of South Perth.
Como resident Chris Thomas will vie for the position against deputy mayor Sue Doherty and Manning ward councillor Travis Burrows.
As reported in the Southern Gazette last week, South Perth Mayor James Best will not pursue a second term.
Mr Thomas, a freelance writer, said his local government experience as a media advisor would put him in good stead.
“I want to break the barriers of bureaucracy and I think I provide an alternative,” he said.
Cr Doherty said she believed future growth in South Perth needed to be addressed.
“Traffic congestion will continue to increase,” she said. “I think managing our child health care and out of school facilities is important.”
Cr Burrows believed he had the requisite leadership abilities for the top role.
“I think I can provide strong accountable and financial leadership around purposeful decision making to address current and future needs of South Perth,” he said.
Meanwhile, Como Beach ward councillor Pete Best will face challenges from former councillor Bill Gleeson and Charlotte MacMillan, while new candidates Frank Hough and Sharron Hawkins-Zeeb will contest Manning ward.
Fiona Reid and Tanya Steers will battle for the Moresby ward.
Councillors Rob Grayden, Ian Hasleby and Peter Howat will be returned unopposed.