Mayor holding fire on Arlett
TOWNSVILLE Mayor Jenny Hill has refused to be drawn on the prospect of facing Townsville Fire chairwoman Jayne Arlett at next year’s election.
It comes as former Townsville Enterprise chief executive David Kippin, who was considering running for mayor, ruled himself out of the race.
Ms Arlett is not ready to officially confirm she is running but the Bulletin understands she has all but agreed to contest the election.
Ms Arlett has been courted to lead a team featuring a number of Townsville First councillors with a rebranded name to the Townsville City Council election on March 19 next year.
Cr Hill said she didn’t want to comment on the likely challenge from Ms Arlett as she had yet to officially declare her mayoral tilt.
“The election’s still a fair few months away,” Cr Hill said.
“All elections are hardfought and I’ll be continuing to focus on my job as mayor at the moment and working for the community. I’m sure there will be more than one candidate.”
Mr Kippin said he had pulled out of the race because he felt he could use his skills to help the city in other ways.
Mr Kippin confirmed he was approached by Cr Hill to run as a councillor on her team but turned it down.
“I was encouraged by the level of support I was getting and it was growing since it came out in the paper,” Mr Kippin said. “Once I decided I wasn’t running for mayor then running for council wasn’t an option for me.
“The mayor respectfully approached me and I respectfully declined.
“I think Jenny has earned the right to have another shot. I don’t agree with everything she does and she doesn’t agree with everything I do, but we have a healthy respect for each other in our core passion for the region and the city.”