There is a mixture of the old, the new, the familiar and the familial in the line-up of councillor hopefuls for the new Georges River Council.
A total of 72 candidates are vying to be one of 15 councillors in the election for the new council, to be held September 9.
They include former mayors and councillors, a former state MP, community campaigners, residents’ action groups and several husband-and-wife teams.
Former Oatley and Georges River MP, Labor’s Kevin Greene has drawn number one position on the ballot paper for Peakhurst Ward.
The Greens have number two position led by former Hurstville councillor Anne Wagstaff and her husband Kim, along with Peter Mahoney.
Former Hurstville Labor mayor Philip Sansom has number three position.
The Liberals are number four with former Hurstville councillor Rita Kastanias.
Independent Nicholas Christos has drawn fifth position for Peakhurst Ward.
In Blakehurst Ward, number one position on the ballot has been drawn by Labor’s Kathryn Landsberry, a former Kogarah councillor.
Number two is independent Sandy Grekas, a former Hurstville Labor councillor.
In third position for the Liberals is former Kogarah councillor Sam Elmir.
In fourth position is independent Ross Green of Oatley.
In Hurstville Ward, the Liberal’s Christina Wu has first position.
Former Hurstville Labor mayor Vince Badalati has drawn number two position.
The Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)’s Wanwen Wen has got number three.
Hurstville Ward sees the biggest field of independents, 12 in total, aligned in four groupings.
Independent Ben Wang of Oatley is number four on the ballot paper, Stanley Xie of Hurstville is number five, William Koshakji of Connells Point is number six, and former Hurstville councillor Nancy Liu of Connells Point has drawn seventh position.
In Kogarah Bay Ward, Leesha Payor of the Kogarah Residents’ Association has number one position on the ballot.
In second spot in Labor’s Nick Katris, a former Kogarah councillor.
Number three is the Liberal’s Stephen Agius, a former Kogarah mayor.
Number four is independent George Manias of Hurstville.
In Mortdale Ward, number one on the ballot is the Liberal’s Con Hindi, a former mayor of Hurstville.
Second position is independent Allan Zreik, president of the St George Business Chamber.
Third position is independent Lou Konjarski.
Labor’s Warren Tegg has drawn fourth position.
The Green’s Peter Sangster has drawn fifth position.