Greens councillor in Melbourne mayor race


A Greens councillor plans to contest Melbourne's lord mayoral by-election, campaigning on affordable housing to fight the votes of big business.

Rohan Leppert is the latest to raise his hand for the May 12 City of Melbourne by-election, joining other confirmed candidates including Property Council of Victoria executive director Sally Capp.

They will vie to replace former mayor Robert Doyle after he quit in February following accusations of sexual misconduct, something he strenuously denies.

"With Robert Doyle out of this race, this certainly is a winnable campaign," Mr Leppert told reporters on Friday.

"Business does get a big say in this city and certainly there are divided opinions about the extent to which it's appropriate.

"That's a fact of the electoral role and that's the system I'll be competing in this time."

The political popularity of the Greens in inner-Melbourne has grown markedly in recent years.

If successful, Cr Leppert said he would work with the state government to mandate affordable housing requirements for CBD apartment developers.

Candidates will be able to officially register as candidates when Victorian Electoral Commission nominations open on April 5.

Postal ballots will be sent to voters between April 23 and 26.

Other confirmed candidates include former City of Melbourne councillor Ken Ong and pollster Gary Morgan, Fairfax Media reported, plus Moreland councillor Oscar Yildiz.

Former services minister Jane Garrett and AFL Footy Show panellist Sam Newman were also named as possible contenders.

Mr Doyle quit following sexual assault and harassment allegations by three women, including City of Melbourne councillor Cathy Oke and her former colleague Tessa Sullivan.

He is subject to two independent probes into his alleged behaviour and denies any suggestion of sexual misconduct.