Capp closes in for mayor

Herald Sun - - NEWS - JOHN MASANAUSKAS

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.

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