Taylor tipped to make a bid

LEA Taylor has emerged as a potential contender for the Rockhampton region mayoral race.

While the former Rockhampton mayor yesterday did not confirm he was standing, The Morning Bulletin understands an announcement is imminent.

It comes as the Electoral Commission this week announced nomination dates would open February 11 and close on February 28.

Further adding to the intrigue yesterday, former mayor Margaret Strelow did not rule another title shot in or out when contacted by The Bully, preferring not to comment.

Also yesterday, outspoken and controversial Rockhampton businessman Petros Khalesirad vehemently ruled out a maiden tilt at politics.

"Maybe when the kids are older," said the man who has been stinging recently in his public criticism of Mayor Brad Carter and contender Tim Griffin.

Yeppoon nursery owner Tom Wyatt, who made a controversial exit from the council in 2008, yesterday all but ruled out entering the mayoral race, but is keeping his options open for a Division 3 challenge against incumbent Brett Svendsen.

Mr Wyatt said a lot of people were pushing him to run for mayor, but he didn't think it was a job he wanted.

"I haven't made any hard decisions yet," he said.

Soon-to-be retired Rockhampton MP Robert Schwarten has no intention of entering the mix.

"I am not, under any circumstances, interested in a local government career," he said.

Already with their hats in the ring for the region's top job are Cr Carter, civil engineer and 2008 mayoral candidate Griffin, and landscaper Dominic Doblo.

"I set some goals and objectives in 2008," Cr Carter said. "I believe we've made very good progress against those ... and I require at least four years to achieve all those goals."

Mr Doblo said the bureaucracy was "out of control" and he wanted to give hope to the next generation.

The Bully believes there is at least one other person likely to contest the mayoral race, however, that person's identity remains unknown.

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