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Field for division 7 candidates down to nine from 11

THE field of candidates for the division 7 by-election has thinned. 

Only nine people have nominated.

One person pulled out to run in the state election, while the other changed his mind after two senior council executives were charged by the state's corruption watchdog last week.

The narrowing of choices could come as a relief for the 12,000 voters who will head to the polls, for a council election, for the third time since the start of 2016.

Candidate nominations closed Tuesday at noon which was followed by the ballot draw.

Darren Baldwin drew the lucky number one spot with former division 7 candidate Jim McKee bringing up the rear.

Mr McKee said he's not distressed at being on the bottom of the ballot paper.

He believes the battle to fill Mayor Antoniolli's former spot around the council table will come down to preferences, although he's yet to make any arrangements with his fellow candidates.

In the lead up to the election, 11 people declared their intention to run.

Patricia Petersen and concreter Troy Alvin did not submit a nomination.

Mr Alvin told the QT he decided not to run following the recent corruption and misconduct charges laid against senior council officers.

"I don't want to be on a council in the midst of a CCC investigation because I don't want to be tarred with the same brush just for being part of the organisation," Mr Alvin said.

"I would prefer to wait and see what happens regarding the CCC investigation."

Patricia Petersen confirmed she had decided not to run either as she intends to run in the yet-to-be announced State Government election, due in May next year.

Mr Baldwin, who works for Ipswich West MP Jim Madden won't be able to vote in the October 7 election because he doesn't live in the electorate, his nomination forms show.

The QT has been unable to contact Mr Baldwin.

WHO WILL RUN (in ballot order)

1. >>'Rate roads and rubbish': MP's staffer enters Div 7 race

DIV 7: Former division 9 candidate Darren Baldwin is a candidate in the Division 7 by-election.
DIV 7: Former division 9 candidate Darren Baldwin is a candidate in the Division 7 by-election. Inga Williams

 

2. >>Boiler maker and father Wayne Firns

Wayne Firns of Eastern Heights is running as a candidate in the Ipswich Council division 7 by-election.
Wayne Firns of Eastern Heights is running as a candidate in the Ipswich Council division 7 by-election. David Nielsen

 

3. >>'No skeletons in my closet', says new contender

DIV 7: Financial planner Greg Forster, pictured with his wife Rachael and three daughters, will run in the division 7 by-election, to be held on October 7.
DIV 7: Financial planner Greg Forster, pictured with his wife Rachael and three daughters, will run in the division 7 by-election, to be held on October 7.

 

4. >>'Council doesn't listen': Candidate's independent view

 

Regional director of Department of Housing and Public Works Mark McConnell will run for division 7.
Regional director of Department of Housing and Public Works Mark McConnell will run for division 7.

 

5. >>DIV 7: Teacher has skills to "make things happen"

Dave Martin is a candidate for Division 7 in the upcoming Ipswich City Council electionPhoto: Contributed
Dave Martin is a candidate for Division 7 in the upcoming Ipswich City Council electionPhoto: Contributed Contributed

 

6. >>Businessman and financial expert Mike McInnes

DIV 7: Mike McInnes has announced he will run in the upcoming division 7 by-election.
DIV 7: Mike McInnes has announced he will run in the upcoming division 7 by-election.

 

7. >>Silkstone mum, events manager Rochelle Caloon

Rochelle Caloon of Silkstone is running as a candidate in the upcoming Ipswich City Council division seven by-election.
Rochelle Caloon of Silkstone is running as a candidate in the upcoming Ipswich City Council division seven by-election. David Nielsen

 

8. >>Hairdresser, former self confessed 'RAAF brat' to run for division 7 

Dave Austin is a candidate in the division 7 by election.
Dave Austin is a candidate in the division 7 by election. Rob Williams

 

 

9. >>Outspoken business owner, former candidate Jim McKee

Jim McKee will run for division 7.
Jim McKee will run for division 7. David Nielsen

 

Key dates and information

  • October 3: Pre-poll voting opens
  • October 6: Pre-poll voting closes
  • October 7: Election Day

Where to vote

  • Community Kindergarten, 52 Glebe Road, Newtown
  • Ipswich Central State School Hall, 2A Griffith Road, Ipswich
  • Raceview State School Hall, 96 Wildey Street, Raceview
  • Whitehill Church of Christ, 219 Whitehill Road, Raceview
  • Blair State School Hall, Cribb Street, Sadliers Crossing
  • Silkstone State School Hall, Molloy Street
  • Ipswich West State School, Kennedy Street

Topics:  ipswich by-election ipswich city council



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