In an extraordinary turn of events, three previously announced candidates have now withdrawn from the 2012 Wingecarribee Council election campaign. Two candidates have pulled out following differences with their team leaders, while a third says he has received a “credible threat” that has forced his withdrawal.
Now, Independent candidate Greg Franklin has also announced his withdrawal from the race, citing “credible threats, that I believe will be carried out, if I continue”. Mr Franklin told the Southern Highland News that police were investigating the matter.
The withdrawals come in stark contrast to the rush of announcements of new candidates in recent weeks, and there are still only a handful of starters compared to the 70-odd candidates who contested the 2008 election.