McNally ahead of mayor in poll
RELATIVE new kid on the block Cr Jo McNally yesterday leapfrogged the mayor in the Daily News online councillor poll.
In the fourth day of our survey, which asks internet users who they would re-elect if a local government election were held now, Cr Ross Bartley is still firmly in front with 26% of the vote.
Mayor Ron Bellingham was second favourite yesterday morning until he was overtaken by Cr Jo McNally later in the day, who received 13% of the vote.
Cr McNally will have served only a half-term as an elected official when the election comes round in March next year, as she was elected after a 2010 by-election when Cr Bev Shelley resigned.
Cr Bellingham, who is widely tipped to step down after this term, received 12% of the vote, with Crs Neil Meiklejohn and Vic Pennisi hot on his heels with 12% of the vote a-piece.
The poll follows a story we ran last week in which reporter Emma Channon surveyed our sitting councillors and asked them about their plans to run in the next election.
The election is due to be held by the end of March next year and speculation has started as to who from outside council might be planning to throw their hat into the ring.
Four sitting councillors - Ross Bartley, Jo McNally, Neil Meiklejohn and Vic Pennisi - have said they will contest the council election next March.