Councillor Shane Van Styn has resigned his position as councillor at the City of Greater Geraldton due to a constitutional requirement with him running for the federal seat of Durack.
Mr Van Styn is the Nationals candidate for this region, which includes Geraldton and reaches all the way to the top of WA. Durack is geographically the largest federal electorate in Australia.
Speaking about his time as councillor, Mr Van Styn said he thoroughly enjoyed representing his fellow residents with the City of Greater Geraldton. "I loved it. Some of my fondest memories will be of my time as councillor, helping the city grow," said Mr Van Styn. "We saw the passage of some contentious items, and I am fortunate to have been a part of achieving quite a lot in my time."
Mr Van Styn was one of the councillors that voted against the proposed 7.2% rate increase earlier this year.
When quizzed about his intentions to recontest to become a local councillor again should he fail to win the Durack seat, Mr Van Styn said his focus was just on winning at the upcoming Federal election.
"Geraldton is my home, and I believe it's time Geraldton had a voice in parliament to be able to secure a greater and fairer share of federal funding."
No by-election will need to be held as Mr Van Styn was up for local government re-election in October. His position will be filled at that time.