Radio host ‘Locco’ wants his voice heard on council
Mr O’Loughlin, host of 846AM’s breakfast show, said he was standing as an independent candidate to put his passion for the Cairns CBD and surrounding suburbs into action.
“The reality is I’ve been working, dining, riding and living in the CBD and surrounds for the past 11 years and I’ve got real passion for the division,” he said. “I’m doing this to be a communicator and a conduit for the division, and while the division has had representation in the past, I believe it can have better representation.”
Less than seven months out from the March 31 election, Mr O’Loughlin is the latest candidate to signal their intention to stand.
Commanding officer of the Far North’s 51st Battalion Lt-Col Steve Brain is running in Division 1, community worker Nick Thompson is standing in Division 4 and 19-year-old arts worker Jack Wilkie-Jans plans to be a candidate in Division 9.
Speculation continues to mount that former councillors Terry James and Annette Sheppard are also considering a tilt at the 2012 election.
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Other candidates to announce their intentions are as follows:
Mayoral: Ian Thomas
Division 8 : Tanya Brooks-Cooper
Division 2 : Leigh Dall'Osto
The talk that Margaret Cochrane will run as a Mayoral candidate is just that. I do not believe when the chips are down Cochrane will 'go to water' and not run. She has not got the ticker to be Mayor. In politics you can not be all things to all people and have enduring creditability. Nor will the electors reward a spoiler who has at every turn played politics and undermined the current Mayor. Cairns has come out second best whereas it deserves the best.