Linda Aitken wins North Coast seat

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Liberal Party member Linda Aitken has won another term as a North Coast ward councillor in the City of Wanneroo local government election on Saturday, October 21. Picture: Anita McInnes

LINDA Aitken has won another four-year term as North Coast ward councillor after claiming 11.4 per cent of the vote in the local government election held on Saturday, October 21.

With 3285 votes Cr Aitken was 60 votes in front of her nearest rival in the City of Wanneroo in the North Coast ward.

Sonet Coetzee with 3225 votes (11.2 per cent) claimed the second available North Coast ward seat.

Lewis Flood with 3051 votes (10.6 per cent) grabbed the third seat available.

Cr Aitken said she was overwhelmed that not only did the residents and ratepayers of the North Coast ward decide she was doing a good enough job on council to be re-elected but she also polled the most votes of all the candidates.

“That is truly humbling, especially given that it was pretty obvious that several candidates had access to some very deep pockets during the campaign,’’ she said.

“My commitment all through the election was a simple one –  to do everything I can to get the best deal for North Coast ward residents and ratepayers no matter what.

“I’ll leave no stone unturned to live up to that promise.

“My sincere thanks to the almost 29 per cent of eligible voters who participated in the poll.’’

She congratulated the other two successful candidates and said she looked forward to having them help her do what was reasonable and right to secure a fair share of the City of Wanneroo spending in, and attention to, the ward.

Earlier this month Yanchep News Online reported Cr Aitken was being promoted as a capable councillor by the Pearce branch of the WA Liberal Party.

An email sent from Pearce division president Rod Henderson asked people to support Cr Aitken in the upcoming local government election.

In the email Mr Henderson said capable councilors were needed and  it was necessary to keep Labor-Greens candidates out.

Cr Aitken said she had never hidden she was a member of the Liberal Party.

At the time it was also reported that of the other 13 candidates running for the north coast ward two of them were considered to also have political affiliations – one candidate was said to be associated with the Labor Party and the one with the Liberal Party.

All candidates were contacted by either phone or email and asked if they have ties to a political party.

Candidates Rudi Steffens, Mathew Eby, Sonet Coetzee, Laura Gray, John Ware, Glynis Parker, Helen Berry, Lewis Flood, Ryan Eaton, June Kelly, Max Hoy, Neil Rigby and Chris Howard all said they had no political affiliations with any political party.

Cr Aitken said it was common knowledge in the community and during the past four years she had always made decisions based on the community need and never been given direction from anybody.

“If I am re-elected as north coast ward councillor on the 21st of October I will continue to consider each situation according to its merits and as what is best for the ratepayers I represent only,’’ she said.

Wanneroo councillor a proud Liberal