City of Bunbury councillor Sam Morris to run for re-election in 2019

Hat in the ring: Sam Morris will re-contest his seat in this year's Bunbury City Council election. Photo: Thomas Munday.
Hat in the ring: Sam Morris will re-contest his seat in this year's Bunbury City Council election. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Business owner and current councillor Sam Morris has put his hand up to run in this month's Local Government Elections.

Mr Morris spent over three decades as a history and social studies teacher in Bunbury.

He taught at Newton Moore Senior High School, Australind SHS, and Bunbury SHS, before announcing his retirement.

In 2003, Mr Morris set up Taffys Confectionery Store on Bonnefoi Boulevard, near the town's CBD.

Next year, the business will move into the Aspire Apartments precinct at Koombana North.

Among his many achievements, Mr Morris came up with the idea for the Dunstan Street Christmas Lanterns - one of Bunbury's most popular annual events.

"Bunbury is a great place to raise kids. I raised my son and daughter here," he said.

"We're still here, and we now run an iconic business within Bunbury.

"It really is a beautiful city."

Since 2011, Mr Morris and his fellow councillors have been providing assistance to the community.

With plenty of fuel still left in the tank, he recently made the decision to run again for re-election.

Mr Morris said more changes could be made to help the city and its residents.

"Bunbury has many popular regional facilities, including the South West Sports Centre, the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, and the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre," he said.

"They're fantastic facilities, but they cost a tremendous amount to operate.

"Sixty per cent of the people that use BREC are from outside the city, yet we are paying a very large amount to cover the costs.

"I believe it's a city issue and a state issue."

Sixteen community members, including Mr Morris, all submitted their nominations last month.

Mr Morris praised the other candidates for stepping up to the challenge and making their voices heard.

"My advice for the other candidates is simple: Listen and learn," he said.

After receiving their ballots, residents can cast their votes any time between now and 6pm on Saturday, October 19.

The results of the Local Government Elections will be revealed later that same evening.

Head to facebook.com/SamMorrisForMayor/ for any further updates regarding Mr Morris's campaign.

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