The car of a mayoral candidate was stolen and torched, another vehicle belonging to a council candidate had its tyres slashed, while other candidates were accused of skulduggery as voters went to the polls in local government elections.
Leo Kelly, a former mayor of Blacktown who is standing again as a Labor councillor, woke up to find the tyres slashed and lamented that it was an ”unhealthy sign” of what had happened to local politics in western Sydney.
A vehicle owned by the Greens’ mayoral candidate for Ballina Shire Council, Jeff Johnson, was stolen on Wednesday night. Its burnt out shell was later found an hour’s drive away.
And the Liberal team in Strathfield have been breaking the council ban on political posters on power poles. In the last days of the election campaign, posters for the Liberal team led by Giuliano Vaccari suddenly appeared on power poles across the leafy inner-west suburb, including some right in front of the council chambers.
The independent mayor, Paul Barron, told The Sun-Herald that the Liberals had been told to take them down and they had not done so.
In Fairfield, there were several reports of independents trying to benefit from the Liberal brand, recycling old election posters and slogans using the word Liberal.
Former state Liberal candidate turned independent for Fairfield, Dai Le, was reportedly using her old state election campaign posters with stickers over the Liberal logo.
Candidates running on an un-endorsed ”independent Liberal” ticket in Penrith were also seen to pop a large number of balloons bearing the slogan ”Think Liberal”. Mark Neeham, the state director of the NSW Liberals, said the party would consider disciplinary action if any members running as independents had used the party to promote their candidacy.
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