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Councillor John Church to take on Labor's Nuatali Nelmes in Newcastle local government election

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
Updated July 18 2021 - 6:30am, first published 6:13am
MAYORAL CANDIDATE: John Church launches the Newcastle Independents' campaign in Lambton Park on Sunday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

The battle for control of Newcastle council is on in earnest after the Newcastle Independents announced on Sunday that former NBN news anchor John Church would run for lord mayor.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris

Journalist

Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his reporting about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has reported on the 2019 NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.

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