11 Jan 2018

Date set for Brisbane City Council byelection

Voters on Brisbane’s eastside will return to polling booths on January 20 to select a new Brisbane City councillor to replace Labor’s Shayne Sutton.

The Greens have confirmed they will run a candidate, given the success of Jonathan Sri in the Gabba Ward, which covers West End and South Brisbane.

Cr Sutton announced last week she would retire when she said she was moving to Townsville with husband Stephen Beckett, who had accepted a senior job with Townsville City Council.

Cr Sutton served as a councillor for 13 years, including four years as Labor’s opposition leader when future premier Campbell Newman was Brisbane’s lord mayor.

Labor chose 32-year-old lawyer Kara Cook from Norman Park as its candidate for the Morningside Ward.

Ms Cook is the former vice-president of the Queensland Law Society and runs her own domestic violence law firm, Cook Legal.

The LNP has not nominated a candidate for the council ward.

The closing date for nominations for the Morningside Ward has not yet been decided.

The Electoral Council of Queensland is concentrating on Friday’s cut-off for nominations of candidacy in the November 25 election.

Several candidates who lifted their profiles during the Queensland election were expected to run in the Brisbane City Council byelection.

 

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