Former Liberal MP Rob Johnson has thrown his hat into the ring to run for mayor of the City of Joondalup, pitting himself against former state environment minister Albert Jacob.
Mr Jacob, who lost his Burns Beach seat in the March state election, announced his plans to run for Joondalup mayor last month.
Current mayor, Troy Pickard, has decided not to stand for re-election in an October vote.
In a statement today, Mr Johnson said he would run for the position after beings approached by a number of locals who had urged him to throw in his candidacy.
“My priorities will be to ensure ratepayers are respected and listened to, and to help families and our senior citizens in particular, who are suffering under the higher increases to their cost of living thrust upon them by all forms of governments,” he said.
“I oppose all vanity projects like the proposed $100 million performing arts centre and believe the Ocean Reef Marina should be funded by the state government.
“Joondalup ratepayers simply can’t afford the significant cost of these developments at this time.”
Mr Johnson was mayor of the City of Wanneroo in the early 1990s before it was split into Joondalup and Wanneroo.
The 73 year old, who is also the former minister for police, resigned as a member of the Liberal Party last year after declaring his loss of support for the party, with the state’s mounting debt being a major factor.