Run is capped

Mayor ri­vals play spoiler

Herald Sun - - NEWS - JOHN MASANAUSKAS john.masanauskas@news.com.au

RI­VALS are unit­ing to block front-run­ner Sally Capp from be­com­ing Lord Mayor.

Ms Capp is ex­pected to win the most votes in May’s elec­tion to re­place Robert Doyle, but pref­er­ences from a field of 14 can­di­dates will be cru­cial.

The Prop­erty Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive has is­sued a how-to-vote card di­rect­ing pref­er­ences straight down the bal­lot. But can­di­dates linked to the La­bor, Lib­eral, and Green par­ties are to pref­er­ence each other ahead of her, mak­ing an elec­toral path to vic­tory dif­fi­cult.

A vet­eran coun­cil cam­paigner told the Her­ald Sun the three-way deal had turned the elec­tion into a lot­tery.

“These par­tic­u­lar groups have formed an un­holy al­liance and ganged up against Sally Capp.

“You’ve got Lib­er­als giv­ing pref­er­ences to Greens, Greens giv­ing pref­er­ences to Lib­er­als, La­bor giv­ing pref­er­ences to both — it’s ab­so­lute in­san­ity.

“They are spin­ning the wheel on the roulette ta­ble in the 100-to-one chance that it will land on their num­ber but they are happy to see can­di­dates, op­posed to ev­ery­thing they stand for, suc­ceed.”

Ken Ong, a Lib­eral mem­ber and for­mer coun­cil­lor, said it was usual for the favourite in the race to be pref­er­enced last. He said his first pref­er­ence was Jen­nifer Yang, a La­bor Party mem­ber, then poll­ster Gary Mor­gan, then Cr Ro­han Lep­pert, a Green: “She (Ms Yang) is an old mate, and Ro­han has ex­pe­ri­ence as a coun­cil­lor.”

Mr Mor­gan and aca­demic Sally Warhaft have formed an al­liance in the race over their op­po­si­tion to the Mel­bourne City Coun­cil’s $250 mil­lion Queen Vic­to­ria re­vamp.

Bal­lots for the postal vote will be sent out next week and vot­ing closes at 6pm on May 11.

Ri­val can­di­dates are at­tempt­ing to stymie Sally Capp’s push to be­come Mel­bourne Lord Mayor.

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