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Mallard to contest Clover’s seat
Openly gay Liberal City of Sydney councillor Shayne Mallard today announced that he will not stand for re-election at local government elections in September in order to contest the seat of Sydney if independent MP Clover Moore decides to quit that role.
Changes by the NSW Government mean that MPs may no longer also serve as councillors, meaning that Moore will have to choose between being the Member for Sydney and Lord Mayor of Sydney.
Mallard has been a City of Sydney councillor for more than 12 years and was instrumental in setting up the city’s relationship register for same-sex couples — the first of its kind in Australia. He was one of the first openly gay Liberal politicians to be elected to office at a local government level.
Mallard made the decision after consulting with Premier Barry O’Farrell and federal Liberal Wentworth MP Malcolm Turnbull.
The Liberals now have two weeks to select another candidate to run for Lord Mayor or a seat on council.
“I’m very proud of my 12 years on both South Sydney and City of Sydney councils,” Mallard told The Wentworth Courier.
“What I currently do in local government and what I could do in state government I see as public service.
“I love nothing more than having someone sit in my office, explaining to me some problem they’re having with council and then working to find a solution.
“If I was elected to the state seat, the doors of my office would be open to people in the same way.”