Vincent mayoral candidate Emma Cole denies receiving ALP help, says campaign is self funded

City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole.
City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole.

LABOR Party member and City of Vincent councillor Emma Cole said she has not received financial backing from the political party in her mayoral campaign.

Ms Cole said she relied on a small fundraiser held at her home to raise campaign cash ahead of the February 24 extraordinary election.

“I have been a member of the Labor Party for some time but I have not discussed City of Vincent matters with the ALP,” she said.

“I have not received money from developers; I held a launch at my home but it was low cost and for friends and family.”

She said her campaign to become councillor in 2013 was self-funded, but it cost more to run for mayor.

“Printing flyers alone can cost about $3000; running a campaign to provide information to voters as mayor is more costly than a council campaign.”

Ms Cole said she has had a positive campaign and feedback.

“It has been interesting that the North Ward has been 6 per cent up on the South Ward with returned election packages,” she said.

“The same concerns have come up from residents such as traffic and rat running but people are also interested in the new planning reform and happy that a conversation will happen regarding underground power next month.”

Ms Cole said if elected as mayor she would continue to focus on better use of open space within the City.