Dr Dave Chandler runs for council in the 2021 City of Bunbury election

Dave Chandler is running for City of Bunbury councillor. Photo is supplied.

Dave Chandler is running for City of Bunbury councillor. Photo is supplied.

Dave Chandler is passionate about contributing to the community he has spent most of his life in.

Dr Chandler would do this as a City of Bunbury councillor if elected in the October 16 local government election.

Dr Chandler grew up in Bunbury and was head boy at Bunbury Senior High School before moving to Perth and Melbourne to go to university.

Dr Chandler finished his PhD in 2014 in medical research and is currently studying a master of science in applied artificial intelligence.

"My professional career has spanned developing novel drugs for diabetes, running research and infrastructure programs at Curtin University as a chief research officer and program manager," he said.

"Using my expertise in big data and coding from developing drug molecules virtually, I moved into WA Country Health where I ultimately worked as the director responsible for all technology, data, business intelligence and clinical/corporate information."

After recently working on the executive team for the City of Bunbury, Dr Chandler resigned without a job to go to but knew he wanted to stay in Bunbury.

That's when the opportunity to buy the Happy Wife cafe arose, and while he has never done so many dishes in his life, he is really enjoying the new challenge.

"I love Bunbury and returned here to raise my family in preference of career opportunities in Perth and overseas," he said.

"I shouldn't have to give up highly successful career in science and AI simply because I wish to live outside of Perth."

Dr Chandler wants to help bring science, engineering and artificial intelligence opportunities to Bunbury so that the younger generation can benefit.

"Now is the time to bring these capabilities to the South West through the future industries precinct, giving existing workers and our kids access to world class postgraduate degrees, embedded with regional Al industries and innovators to solve our greatest challenges where the work happens," he said.

"Modelling of this initiative shows it will create over 1000 jobs, nearly $1B in economic output in 10yrs, and educational opportunities with incredible demand and pulling power for new postgraduate students and research professionals to our community."

Dr Chandler would also like to play a part in the development of Bunbury Ocean Drive foreshore, ocean pool and a new City of Bunbury Surf Club to 'truly celebrate our beautiful coastline and create new jobs.'

"Our advantage is the incredible lifestyle and liveability of Bunbury - something we as a City must invest in and work with private business and industry to rapidly enhance," Dr Chandler said.

"I am also deeply committed to the development of our visual arts and the creation of a pre-eminent visual arts gallery in collaboration with government, our local Noongar elders, artists and creative to deliver a SW heart and pre-eminent regional gallery for Country WA.

"This not only shares the stories of where we have come from, who we are, but accounts for nearly 6 per cent of GDP and offers significant incentives economic outputs."

In Dr Chandler's spare time he watches his three children play sport or he is walking around the Big Swamp, Leschenault Inlet or Back Beach.

The other councilor candidates are Mark Chadwick, Tresslyn Smith, Ben Andrew, Karen Steele,Marina Quain, Daniel Singleton, Matt Foreman, Dave Chandler, Wayne Chatillon, Michelle Steck, Jaysen De San Miguel, Dr Parthasarathy Ramesh and Gabi Ghasseb.

The mayoral candidates are Michelle Steck, Amanda Yip, Cheryl Kozisek, Betty McCleary, Jaysen San De Miguel, Michael Southwell, Alfred Leigh, Tresslyn Smith, David Kerr and Gabi Ghasseb.