Sellers has no rival – yet
GAIL Sellers could be the sole contender for the vacant Gladstone mayoral position, despite speculation mounting in the community over who will put their hand up as a candidate.
The Observer spoke with the Gladstone community recently, and five names have popped up, including Cr Sellers, who is the acting mayor and has publicly stated she intends to run.
Other names include former Federal Member for Flynn Chris Trevor, Len Smith, former Gladstone City Council Mayor and current president of Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited (GAPDL) Peter Corones and GAPDL chief executive officer Glenn Churchill.
Mr Trevor has refused to rule out a tilt at the position when contacted by the Observer.
Speaking to The Observer in between fishing trips, Mr Trevor said he was enjoying the freedom of no longer being the public face of Gladstone.
“Presently, the fish are on the bite and I am enjoying some reconnect time with my family, catching up with my mates and getting rid of my Canberra tan,” he said. “At this stage there would have to be a game changer for me to consider re-entering public life. But you never say never.”
Mr Trevor said his current focus was working on wife Colleen’s new shoe shop and making plans to expand the area of his legal practice to get ready for the next boom.
Former Gladstone City Councillor and contender in the 2008 mayoral race, Len Smith, also spoke with The Observer.
“It’s very early stages yet, but I very much doubt it,” he said.
“At this point in time, I’ve made some decisions in my life and running as mayor for Gladstone Regional Council is not one of them.”
Mr Corones said he was overwhelmed by the number of calls and requests to consider the possibility of running again for Mayor.
“Those around me know too well that I live and breathe passionately this great city and region of Gladstone, day in, day out,” he said.
“In order to put to rest any rumours or speculation, I do not intend to contest this by-election for Mayor.
“However as far as the future is concerned, the options remain open.”