Lake Bolac candidate withdraws from election

REGION - Former candidate for the Ararat Rural City Council elections Frank Deutsch withdrew from the election on Monday after considering the time required to undertake the duties required of a councillor.

Mr Deutsch, a caravan park owner in Lake Bolac, said there were a number of reasons why he had cancelled his nomination as a councillor for the Ararat Rural City Council.

"Upon reflection, I don't feel I will have enough time to put my full energy into the job," Mr Deutsch said.

Mr Deutsch said his wife has ongoing health issues. The couple are also coming up to a very busy period for their caravan park and there were still many projects which need to be completed on top of the ongoing maintenance and upkeep.

Mr Deutsch said the park has been greatly upgraded over the last couple of years and still needed more work done before he was satisfied.

"Next time there is a council election I am sure I will better be able to manage both positions quite well," Mr Deutsch said.

"I would like to thank sincerely those who have already been spruiking for me and I'm sorry that I have let them down, along with those who would have voted for me.

"There is new blood on the Council and, along with the experienced councillors, I am sure they will do the right thing by the ratepayers."

With the withdrawal of Mr Deutsch's nomination, an election will no longer be held in Ararat Rural City, with the seven remaining councillors to be declared elected on October 27 - Ian Harris, Murray Woods, Fay Hull, Gwenda Allgood, Ian Wilson, Gary Hull and Colin McKenzie.

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