Saturday, August 2, 2008

Young gun to vie for John So's job

      Jason Dowling
      August 2, 2008
    Will Fowles.

    Will Fowles.

    LABOR high-flyer Will Fowles is set to run for Lord Mayor in the Melbourne City Council elections this year.

    Mr Fowles, 30, the youngest person appointed to the Melbourne Cricket Club committee, confirmed yesterday that he would lead a Labor-supported ticket.

    "I am certainly very flattered to have been considered for this role, very keen to be articulating a strong vision for the city of Melbourne," he said yesterday.

    Former Melbourne city councillor Kate Redwood is expected to be Mr Fowles' running mate and deputy lord mayor candidate. The only other declared candidate for the Lord Mayor position is the Greens' Adam Bandt. Former Liberal premier Jeff Kennett says he is considering a tilt for the job.

    Incumbent John So has yet to say if he will seek a third term.

    Mr Fowles, a former Scotch College and Monash University student who now runs a hospitality and property investment business, said he was approached a few weeks ago to run for Labor and quickly agreed. He said he had not discussed it with the Premier.

    "At this stage we are not going to be releasing detailed policies except to say we are a passionate and energetic team who are seeking to deliver a strong vision for the city," said Mr Fowles, who sits on the national committee of the Australian Republican Movement.

    "We are going to be talking about the detail of all that over the course of next few weeks."

    Asked for a glimpse of a John So impersonation that he is said to be very good at, Mr Fowles said: "No way, I am not going to be doing that publicly any time soon."

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    I've yet to read if he has a stance on transport in Melbourne. The Age has a few articles on him :

    Perhaps now is a good time to write to him and let him know how you feel about the park and the tunnel, as he hasn't yet put together his policies...

    Will Fowles
    366A Bridge Road
    Richmond VIC 3121

    That's his 'Authorised by...' address put on his polical notices, so I'm guessing it's fine to disseminate it?

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