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Marsh ready to go around again three months out from rescheduled Shellharbour Council election

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Veteran Shellharbour City Councillor Kellie Marsh is looking to extend her decade in the chambers after confirming she'll run in the rescheduled local government election in December as an Independent alongside Shane Bitschkat.

The former Mayor said it has been a privilege representing the people of city since being elected to council in 2011 and she wants to continue doing so in Ward A which takes in Albion Park, Tullimbar and Calderwood.

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Marsh will run with Bitschkat as the Kellie Marsh Independents and said she held off declaring her intentions because of the pandemic.

"The community have had so much on our plate with COVID.

"I had registered quite some time ago with the Electoral Commission to stand.

"The community are starting to ask the questions now so it's time to come out and announce that I am running with Shane and we're ready to go," Marsh said.

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Despite COVID-19 forcing the vote to be delayed twice since initially being set for September last year, the former Mayor is confident the election will go ahead before Christmas.

"I think we will be going to the polls in December.

"It may look a little bit different than what we normally do.

"I think there will be decreased numbers of pre-polls and a lot more online and postal voting," she said.

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Marsh said if reelected, one of her priorities will be progressing the Tripoli Way extension which has been talked about for 60 years.

"The people of Albion Park have tremendous trouble with traffic, especially when we have flooding issues out our way.

"We really need to get the traffic flowing and get people to and from work and school in a much easier fashion," Marsh said.

Images: Supplied and Shellharbour City Council