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City bookshop owner and artist enter council race


Nominations have closed for the local government elections, with Central Market bookshop owner Kate Treloar preparing to campaign for Lord Mayor and artist Driller Jet Armstrong seeking a seat on the city council in the central ward.

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At the close of nominations for the local government elections at midday today, four candidates had put their names forward for the Lord Mayor’s position.

A broad field of nominations for councillor positions has attracted some late entrants, including Armstrong – a well-known artist, DJ and city nightclub owner – and park lands campaigner Kelly Henderson.

Treloar, 43, who lives in the city and owns Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop, told InDaily that she had decided to nominate for the position over the weekend.

Her focus is on environmental issues, which she believes aren’t being addressed sufficiently by any level of government.

“It’s something that’s been brewing for a while, just wanting to make a contribution to the community,” she said.

“Up until the weekend, there was just a couple of older men running and no-one else seemed to be putting up their hand.”

On Sunday, Haese withdrew from the campaign and his deputy Sandy Verschoor announced her decision to run. Former city councillor Mark Hamilton has been campaigning for months and dance studio owner Steven Kelly nominated last week.

Treloar said she wanted a prosperous and liveable city without compromising the environment.

“Primarily I have got an environmental focus,” she said. “Every decision should be made through an environmental lens, for now and for future generations.”

She wanted the city’s development to focus on human-scale liveability, to make it a more appealing place for people who live here.

“Overall, looking at the world and Australian politics, I’m feeling there’s a place for a shift in focus.”

Treloar said there were immediate actions that could be taken to further this agenda, including banning single-use plastics and increasing support for pedestrians and cyclists in the city.

City council candidates

Lord Mayor
Mark Hamilton
Steven Kelly
Kate Treloar
Sandra (Sandy) Verschoor

Area Candidates
Anne Moran
Arman Abrahimzadeh
Stephanie Johnston
Quentin Kenihan
Briony Hunt
Franz Knoll
Elviro Barone
Sandy Wilkinson
Robert Simms

North Ward Candidates
Glenn Bain
Richard Carter
Valdis Dunis
Mary Couros
Sally Kolbig
Daniel Turner
Phillip Martin
Elbert Brooks

Central Ward Candidates
Samuel Taylor
Zhuopeng Hou
Jessy Khera
Diana Carroll
Driller Jet Armstrong
Darren Gitsham
Julie Moralee
Sanja Jovanovic
Christopher Nesbitt
Houssam Abiad
Remo Russo

South Ward Candidates
Keiran Snape
Phillip De Bondi
Betty-Jean Price
Priscilla Corbell Moore
Alexander Hyde
Helen Donovan
Kelly Henderson

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