CR PHILLIP SILVER
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Jockeying for Balllina mayors job

By MARY MANN

AFTER 36 years as a Ballina Shire councillor, John Felsch reckons it is his turn to be mayor.

'Always the political bridesmaid, never the bride', Cr Felsch has twice narrowly missed out on becoming mayor, most recently in 1999 when he lost by one vote to Cr David Wright.

He was deputy mayor for five-and-a-half years before losing the job to Cr Sharon Cadwallader last year.

But it appears Cr Felsch will not be the only one putting up their hand for the position at the annual mayoral election tomorrow.

Cr Phillip Silver, who has been mayor for five years, wants to keep the top job. And it is expected Cr Wright, who was mayor from September 1999 to September 2001, will be vying for the position again.

"I have spent five-and-a-half years as deputy mayor, which I think puts me in the running to step up," Cr Felsch said.

"I do respect Phil (Silver) as being a stable and competent mayor. But I think it is my time."

Cr Silver said he enjoyed his job and was happy to stay 'as long as they want me'.

Deputy mayor Sharon Cadwallader also wants to keep her position, but is likely to be challenged by Cr Alan Rich, and councillors Felsch and Wright if they don't get the top spot.

From next year the mayor will be elected by popular vote at the council elections.



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