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Mayoral marathon in Unley.

June 8, 2016

OK OK. I know it’s a loooong way off, but I am already getting Chinese whispers that a nice little $25,000 lottery windfall has brought an optimistic glow to the cheeks of one possible aspirant for Unley’s scarlet robes and golden chain. THAT SHOULD MAKE A NICE LITTLE DENT INTO ANY ELECTIONEERING BILL.

Details are sketchy at this stage, but when more concrete facts come to light you’ll read it here first.

The GOOD news for some is that the robes will not have to be lengthened, as “Grumpy” isn’t in the field of wannabees. Who in their right mind would vote for an octogenarian!!!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2016 1:44 pm

    Mike, where on earth did you discover this revelation? And who is it?
    $25k is a hefty amount to put aside for a mayoral campaign. And the election is not for 2.5 years!!! But, I suppose they do start earlier these days.
    I will keep a lookout for a Councillor colleague (and the mayor) to see who is trying to disguise a $25k grin.

    For more information, visit Bob’s Blog 😜


  2. June 8, 2016 3:25 pm

    How can the average person in Unley run for the position of Mayor when it needs an outlay of $25,000? How much do candidates for the position of Councillor spend? I am interested in running next time, but this sort of money frightens me.


    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      June 8, 2016 4:22 pm

      My last election campaign, the last in a series of more than a dozen over 30 years, cost me precisely $620. No public meetings. No air-brushed posters.Just an extension of my regular “Grumpy in Unley” newsletter delivered by me to all homes in the ward. Others take a different tack. A father and son team last time round had bills running well into four figures EACH…


  3. YoungerSlightlyGrumpy permalink
    June 8, 2016 3:34 pm

    Depends what you want to spend for Councilors I think. Didn’t the father/son team standing for Unley Council spend a bit of money in the last election?. It can’t be too expensive, if Grumpy keeps standing for re election!


    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      June 8, 2016 4:24 pm

      You’re right YSG. I’m a penny-pinching bastard!


  4. June 8, 2016 4:56 pm

    Good luck to whoever won the lottery. I had a similar win a few years back. But I spent it more wisely and deposited it in my superannuation. Why would anyone blow $25000 on a Council election? Crazy waste of money. The likelihood of getting elected is not high. Look at how many missed out last time. Then again, maybe a 1,000 posters plastered around Unley does help.


  5. June 8, 2016 6:10 pm

    There should be restrictions on how much a candidate can spend. I hate those posters on the poles. Have a look around now during the federal election.


  6. June 8, 2016 6:15 pm

    Not fair. So much money to be spent on election. Must be a cap on expenditure. Need to make it fairer for all candidates and not just the well heeled with heaps of money.
    The person who won the lottery should donate some to charity.


  7. June 9, 2016 6:43 am

    It would nice to know who rather than a Chinese whisper.
    Is it a he or a she?


    • Cr Jennie permalink
      June 9, 2016 8:56 am

      It wasn’t me so it must have been a he! Sorry this doesn’t shorten the list much. When it comes to campaigning it costs about $2,000 just to print one A4 sheet of paper to put in 18,000 letter boxes. The cost of delivery would be at least that again, it wouldn’t take long to spend $10,000 let alone the rest.


      • June 14, 2016 11:57 am

        Looks like you’ve been doing your sums.
        So you have thought about it?
        Actually it would be refreshing to have a female mayor.


  8. June 14, 2016 12:02 pm

    People who win the lottery just can not keep the cash for long.
    So watch for that bit of extra cash being splashed about.
    I reckon it would be a waste to splash it all on a mayoral election campaign.
    Especially up against Mayor Lachlan Clyne.
    He has real spending power.


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