City of Vincent councillor Emma Cole to run for mayor

City of Vincent councillor Emma Cole.
City of Vincent councillor Emma Cole.

CITY of Vincent councillor Emma Cole will run for mayor at the February 24 extraordinary election.

Mayor John Carey announced in December he would step down from his role on January 30 to focus on his campaign as Labor candidate for the Perth electorate in the March State election.

The election of a new mayor will be held at the same time as the scheduled by-election to replace former South ward councillor Laine McDonald, who left in August last year to replace retiring State Labor MLC Ken Travers in the Legislative Council.

Cr Cole, a Mt Hawthorn resident, is a part-time public servant with a background in government policy and has been on council since October 2013.

She is the chairwoman of the children and young people advisory group, deputy chairwoman of the audit committee, a member of the environmental advisory group and alternative member of the Development Assessment Panel.

Cr Cole announced her intention to nominate for Mayor of Vincent on her Facebook page.

“For over three years on Vincent Council, I have had the fantastic opportunity to be part of the significant reforms taking place at the City of Vincent,” she wrote.

“There has been real and meaningful change in the way Vincent serves our community, in how Vincent engages and responds to issues and in stronger financial management.

“I am passionate about seeing this reform continue and for the community to drive Vincent’s priorities for the future.”

She included her commitments if elected as mayor.

“If elected, I would be an open and committed mayor for our community,” she wrote.

“I will continue to strongly pursue more inviting open spaces and parks for our growing population, inclusive community engagement, and better development through the newly overhauled Vincent planning policy.”