Candidates left in limbo over Lockyer Valley election

LOCKYER Valley residents are no closer to finding out what will happen with the region's March 19 election after the unexpected death of Mayor Steve Jones.

Section 36 of the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 states if a mayoral candidate dies between noon on nomination day, but before polling day, then the proceedings for the election of the mayor must start again.

This means the two current candidates for mayor, Peter O'Brien and Glenroy Logan, could have new contenders, as well as a new election date.

Glenroy Logan is running for the Lockyer Valley Regional Council mayoralship.
Glenroy Logan is running for the Lockyer Valley Regional Council mayoralship. Claudia Baxter

A spokeswoman for Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Jackie Trad said a decision would be made early this week, but would not say when.

Mr Logan said regardless of whether nominations would open afresh for new candidates, he wanted Mrs Trad to take action and make a decision quickly.

"I don't care which way it goes, but I don't want to see the community put through the extra expense at the whim of the minister," he said.

"She needs to get her act together. It's a gross waste of money if we have to have a separate election date to the rest of the state."

Mr O'Brien said the decision should be left to the electoral commission, but he would support the outcome either way.

"If we have to do the race again, I'm okay with it, if it stays the way it is, I'm okay with it, and I'll continue to do the best I can," he said.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones died on Friday night.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones died on Friday night. Rob Williams

"I think everyone is in a bit of a sad period and I think it's a difficult circumstance to be in."

"I'm all for supporting due process."

The Lockyer Valley Regional Council held a press conference today to honour Cr Jones.

Deputy Mayor Tanya Milligan issued a statement about the death of Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones.
Deputy Mayor Tanya Milligan issued a statement about the death of Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones.


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