With nominations for the 2023 local government elections now closed, five Upper Great Southern shires will hold elections while three shires, including Katanning, have seen their council candidates elected unopposed. Shires where candidates were elected unopposed The Shire of Katanning received five nominations for as many vacancies as current president Liz Guidera fills a two-year term while councillors John Goodheart and Matt Collis retain their seats. The shire will welcome new additions in Paul Totino and Ian Hanna. With four vacancies, the Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup received nominations from incumbent councillors Michael White, Doug Barritt and Steve Penny, and new candidate Sara Robinson. Shire of Kent president Scott Crosby and councillor Greg Hobley retained their seats as they welcomed newest members Sue-Maree Reid and Dustin Harris The shire farewells councillors Renae Jury and Tim Borgward, who have been members of the shire for 12 and eight years respectively. Shires where elections will take place The Shire of Kojonup will see seven candidates put their hat in the ring vying for four seats, including current shire president Ned Radford and councillors Cindy Wieringa and Kevin Gale. The shire will also welcome new nominees Ernie Graham, Kerryn Mickle, Susanne Bilney and Mick Mathwin. The Shire of Cranbrook is due for a complete reshuffle with four four-year terms and three two-year terms up for grabs. Current councillors George Pollard, Daisy Egerton-Warburton, Perin Mulcahy, Robert Johnson, Lee Casson, Jennifer Quick and Peter Slater will contest, as well as new nominee Peter Denton. Current president Phil Horrocks and councillor Peter Beech will step down after serving eight and 12 years respectively. The shire will conduct an in-house ballot for shire president and deputy shire president at the first council meeting after the election. The Shire of Gnowangerup has five nominees in the running for three available four-year terms. Current councillors Shelley Hmeljak, Kate O’Keeffe and Mick Creagh have nominated while Robbie Miniter and Roslynn Thompson hope to be the newest members on the council. Current councillor Drew Dawson and new nominees Paul Barrett, Gavin Mair, Nathan Brown and Raegan Zacher will contest four four-year terms for the Shire of Jerramungup as they bid farewell to Rex Parsons, Robert Lester and Andrew Price. The Shire of Woodanilling will see four candidates vie for three seats on the council. Three of either Rodney Marshall, Greg Smith, Ian Garstone and Kahlia Stephens will replace the seats of outgoing president Stephen Jefferies, Tim Brown and Peter Morrell. Peter Morrell has been a member of the shire for 29 years after being first elected in 1994.