Action Jackson shuns top job

SHE may have been nicknamed "Action Jackson" by local fans, but Southern Downs Regional councillor Jo McNally confirmed she won't be making moves for the mayoralty, just yet.

The local authority's new kid on the block had her first taste of life in the chambers in early 2010 when she trumped some political seasoned pros to win the by-election, prompted after the resignation of former councillor Bev Shelley.

As the March election creeps closer, rumours, or perhaps hopes, have been circulating Cr McNally may throw her hat into the pretty lonely ring for mayor.

However, she told the Daily News yesterday she would stand again as councillor but won't join current Deputy Mayor Peter Blundell, Gina Doulis and Kim Olsen in the race for the top job.

Cr McNally said she would start her campaign in February and would juggle it with her day-to-day council work.

"I'll just have to manage it, it's something the others have to do as well," she said.

Since Cr McNally has joined council, Mayor Ron Bellingham has struggled with his "Micks" and "Ally's" frequently confusing her with counterpart Cr Mally McMurtrie.

The Stanthorpe-based stalwart is widely tipped to have a crack at mayor, but speaking yesterday Cr McMurtrie said she would take up another week or two to make her mind up.

"After this weekend, I'll be thinking very hard about what to do," she said.

"I previously started my campaign very early and I don't think it helped at all."

Meanwhile, the future of Glenn Henry's political intentions was unclear yesterday.

After announcing his intentions to stand just before Christmas, Mr Henry's website and email address were not functioning yesterday.

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