Cr Charlene Hall will be running for Mayor of the Western Downs Regional Council.
Cr Charlene Hall will be running for Mayor of the Western Downs Regional Council. WDRC

Fourth challenger emerges in Mayoral race

THREE standing councillors have declared their intention to nominate for Mayor, setting the scene for a shift in the make-up of Western Downs Regional Council.

If a councillor fails in their bid for the top job, they cannot run for election as a councillor, as current Western Downs Mayor Ray Brown plans to do.

Cr Charlene Hall declared her intention in a status update on social media on January 21, confirming the move in an interview with the Dalby Herald on Monday.

Cr Ray Jamieson was the first to nominate, followed by farmer and businessman Paul McVeigh, then Deputy Mayor George Moore.

Nominations do not open officially until March, giving Crs Moore, Jamieson and Hall a long lead-up to establish their voting blocs.

Dalby woman Mandy Krause also suggested on social media that she planned to run for council, a statement supported by aspiring councillor Jamie Hurley, but did not confirm or deny this in a formal interview at the time of publication.

Cr Hall said she had decided to run for Mayor in 2015 with the support of her husband after engaging with community leaders.

She told the Dalby Herald she was did not expect the leadership would be so hotly contested so early, but wanted to become Mayor, even if it cost her her role at WDRC.

She said her election platform for the Western Downs, to be released in full on Friday, was based on community empowerment, council unity and organisational transparency.


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