Moreton Bay Regional Council mayoral race fails to attract candidates, election in March

No mayoral candidates have declared their interest in running for the top job at this year’s Moreton Bay Regional Council elections, in March.

Before the 2012 election, the two candidates who went on to achieve the most votes behind winner Allan Sutherland had declared by November.

Greg Chapman, son of former Pine Rives Mayor Yvonne, declared in late November. Then sitting Moreton Bay Regional Councillor Chris Whiting had put his hand up months before that.

Mr Whiting is now the state Labor member for Murrumba and said he was surprised no one had declared their interest with less than three months to go.

“All local government candidates should be talking to their communities by now,” Mr Whiting said.

Queensland University of Technology election expert Dr Mary Crawford said she was not surprised no one had put up their hand to run for mayor with “ugly politics” creeping in during recent State and Federal elections.

She said the complexity of local government decision making and the cost of running for mayor in amalgamated councils were other issues.

Cr Sutherland said he was not yet ready to make an announcement. He declared his intention to run on March 6 for the 2012 election which was held on April 28.

 

In the 2012 election:

Mayoral Results:

Ian Bell 4.9%

John Hall 5.31%

Ivan Hall 4.02%

Allan Sutherland 42.17%

Chris Whiting 25.65%

Greg Chapman 17.95%

Source: Quest News

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