Capp closes in for mayor
PROPERTY Council executive Sally Capp is in line to be Melbourne’s new lord mayor.
While the count is continuing, it is believed the frontrunner has secured a strong enough preference flow to defeat main rival Jennifer Yang.
Ms Capp is polling around 27 per cent of the primary vote, well ahead of Ms Yang on 15.5 per cent and Greens councillor Rohan Leppert with about 14 per cent.
Ms Yang, who was backed by an unofficial Labor Party campaign, is yet to concede.
However, it is understood that her team believes it is highly unlikely for her to win from this position.
Ms Yang ran a professional and spirited campaign headed by ALP figure Steve Michelson while Ms Capp also had a strong campaign team.
A Capp campaign spokesman would not claim victory.
“We are watching the numbers and are heartened by the primary vote but understand we are up against it on preferences because we didn’t do any backroom deals,” he said.
Ms Capp will likely be the first woman to be lord mayor in almost 30 years, when Winsome McCaughey held the role when it was not a directly elected position.
Ms Capp, 50, has had wide experience, including a stint as Victorian Agent-General in London, head of city lobby the Committee for Melbourne and state boss of the Property Council since September 2016.
She is also a former director of the Collingwood Football Club, a one-time Liberal Party member, and was backed by the business community.