The race for Logan’s top job is on, with the first candidate officially launching his mayoral campaign.
Local councillor Jon Raven has announced he will be running for mayor of Logan at the local government election next March.
This comes as little surprise to the community, with longstanding rumours Cr Raven would put his hand up for the position.
“I want to help our community,” Cr Raven said.
“Times are tough and I believe that is when good leadership is needed most.”
He said current mayor Darren Power had done “an amazing job” getting the city “back on track”.
“Now we need someone who has the energy and experience to get us through the challenges ahead,” he said.
With almost eight years’ service as a councillor, including two years as deputy mayor, Cr Raven is one of the more experienced sitting local councillors.
“I will always put the community first,” Cr Raven said.
“People want a mayor who is on their side, and I’ve always worked hard to help residents and be their champion in council.
“We know Logan is amazing – if I become mayor, I will make sure the rest of the world knows why.”
It is assumed the remaining councillors will re-run for their divisional seats.
Cr Lisa Bradley announced in April she would not recontest her position at the next election, but later changed her mind, confirming she would re-run.
The only uncertainty regards Cr Laurie Koranski.
Earlier in the year, Cr Koranski told MyCity Logan she would not run against mayor Darren Power in the election.
Now Cr Power has announced his retirement, but Cr Koranski is yet to declare her candidacy.
“We’ve still got five or six months to get there… so I’ll be considering my options,” she told MyCity Logan.
For Cr Raven, mayorship was a “natural step up”.
“It’s something I’ve thought about for a long time,” he said.
“If the people of Logan will have me, I’d be honoured to serve them.
“Everyday I do what I can to make Logan a better place, for right now but also into the future.”
Both Cr Raven and Cr Koranski, along with Cr Power and Cr Bradley, blew the whistle on former Logan City council misconduct, which ultimately led to the axing of then-mayor Luke Smith.
It was an act that cost them their positions, and almost landed Mr Smith in jail.
It also served as a campaign boost for the four councillors at the last election.
Cr Raven said his mayoral platform would focus on practical solutions for immediate challenges, managing growth and cost of living pressure, and delivering infrastructure and services to the city.
“Together, we can achieve great things for our city,” Cr Raven said.