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Camden set to elect third mayor in seven months

Tomorrow night Camden Council is set to elect its third mayor in seven months.

Current mayor Peter Sidgreaves, who was elected to state parliament on March 23 as the member for Camden, has resigned his post.

Cr Sidgreaves was elected mayor after long serving mayor Lara Symkowiak stepped down last September.

Ms Symkowiak had been in the job for six years.

Cr Theresa Fedeli, pictured below, who has been the loyal deputy under both Cr Symkowiak and Cr Sidgreaves, is expected to step up to the top job this time.

Cr Sidgreaves, who is staying on as a councillor until the next council election in 2020, told the South West Voice in Macarthur earlier today that he would be supporting Cr Fedeli for mayor at tomorrow night’s council meeting.

“I will also be signing her nomination form for the position of mayor,’’ Cr Sidgreaves said.

In previous mayoral ballots recently the four Liberal Party councillors and one independent have held the balance of power in the nine seat council.

It is expected that Cr Rob Mills will once again side with this block if an election is required for mayor.

The South West Voice was unable to confirm if any of the three Labor Party councillors or veteran councillor Eva Campbell would seek election for mayor or deputy mayor.

It’s a fair bet that the deputy mayor will be either Cr Michael Morrison or Rob Mills – it’s highly unlikely the two former mayors, Cr Sidgreaves or Cr Symkowiak would accept such a position.

Nominations for mayor close at 4pm tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23, with the meeting scheduled for later in the evening at the Oran Park administration building.

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