With Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun confirming he will run for the seat of Werriwa at the Federal election, questions have arisen regarding his dual roles.
Mr Mannoun will not only have to juggle a Federal election campaign but also his full-time mayoral duties just months before a local government election.
Over the past 12 months, Mr Mannoun has rejected rumours he will stand for a Federal seat, claiming he “has his hands full with his job leading Liverpool Council”.
Mr Mannoun, born in Boston, had to renounce his US citizenship in order to run for the seat.
“I am humbled to have this opportunity to be the candidate for Werriwa,” Mr Mannoun said.
“I am looking forward to working to ensure Malcolm Turnbull is re-elected and that the people of Liverpool have their voice heard in parliament.
“Werriwa is one of, if not the, most important seat in parliament in that it has the Badgerys Creek airport which will create jobs for families and for the economy. It is important it gets the attention it deserves.
“At the moment I am focused on the campaign and whilst I’m campaigning I will be taking some leave, but I am just going through all of the details of that.”
More to come.
The seat of Werriwa
The seat of Werriwa has spent but one term out of the hands of Labor since 1919 and has undergone massive boundary revisions over the past two decades.
It is mostly contained within the Liverpool City Council local government area, covering suburbs; suburbs of Casula, Lurnea, Prestons, Edmondson Park, Horningsea Park, Hoxton Park, Cecil Hills and all of the suburbs in the former Green Valley housing commission estate.
It also cover the Campbelltown Council suburbs of Glenfield and Macquarie Fileds.
To date, three other candidates have been declared:
- Anne Stanley, the Australian Labor Party
- Signe Westerberg, The Greens
- John Ramsay, the Christian Democratic Party