What a year for Matthew Hanssen—three elections in eight months: The guy’s a machine.
In March he contested Fremantle in the state election for the Liberals and gave Labor a scare. Last weekend he hoovered up 26,600 votes and nearly 40 per cent of the primary vote in the federal poll.
With the ink not even dry on the federal results he’s nominated for the Fremantle mayoralty.
Seeking to capitalise on the 7760 votes he received in March and the 26,600 he pulled against Melissa Parke, the seemingly indefatigable Mr Hanssen presents a serious challenge to Brad Pettitt’s grip on power.
Mr Hanssen is hedging his bets, however, nominating also for north ward where, if he fails to take the mayoral chains, he hopes to unseat 25-year veteran Doug Thompson.
City ward is hotly contested with Moore and Moore cafe owner Simon Naber, Jarrahcorp Gallery owner Steve Crook, Mark Woodcock and Rohan Miller vying for the vacancy left by one-term retiree Tim Grey-Smith. Former Fremantle Society president Roel Loopers pulled out, citing health reasons.
Frank Acocella will have another crack at Hilton ward, going up against popular pinko incumbent Sam Wainwright.
In south ward, Fremantle Ratepayers and Residents’ Association convenor and anti-skate park campaigner Claudia Green goes head to head with Andrew Sullivan.
Josh Wilson (Beaconsfield ward) and Dave Coggin (east) were re-elected unopposed.