Kippin mulling mayoral tilt
NEXT year’s council election could be a four- horse race with former Townsville Enterprise chief executive David Kippin and independent councillor Pat Ernst considering running for mayor.
Mr Kippin, who has been doing consulting work since leaving Townsville Enterprise last year, said he was considering running as an independent candidate for the mayoralty or a councillor division.
The former accountant nearly ran as part of the Townsville First team in 2012 but instead decided to take the job with the Townsville Enterprise. Mr Kippin said he had not been approached to run as part of any team for next year’s election.
“I made a commitment when I left Townsville Enterprise that I would try to do something for the city,” Mr Kippin said. “I don’t say never to anything but it’s probably more unlikely than likely. No one’s spoken to me yet.”
Mr Kippin said he believed beating Mayor Jenny Hill would be a tough task, which was reflected in the fact that a number of high- profile business leaders had turned the opportunity down.
“Anyone going against Jenny would be thinking long and hard about it,” he said.
Cr Ernst, the only independent councillor in this term of council, didn’t rule out challenging for mayor. “I can confirm I’m definitely running – in what form that might take I haven’t decided,” he said.
As reported in the Bulletin on Saturday, the Townsville First team has settled on a mayoral candidate but wouldn’t reveal the person’s identity. Townsville First councillor Tony Parsons said he would not contest the mayoralty and would instead recontest his council division as part of the revamped team.
David Kippin may run for mayor.