Extract from Docklands News. 30 Sep 2020
Pollster and chairman of Roy Morgan Research, Gary Morgan is no stranger to the City of Melbourne and he’s going around once again largely to help get long-serving councillor Jackie Watts re-elected.
Friends of Queen Victoria Market (QVM) Mary-Lou Howie will run as his deputy under a campaign heavily focused on getting businesses in Melbourne out of lockdown, supporting QVM traders and relocating residents living in public housing towers.
“The Queen Victorian Market does not need the negative impacts of an active drug market in its area – on top of COVID,” Mr Morgan said.
“The Morgan-Watts Team priority will be to relocate residents from state government housing towers to COVID-safe housing, continue homeless housing – with additional social programs, protect Melbourne’s heritage – stop ‘selfish’ destruction, and cut Melbourne rates – both business and residential.”
While Morgan has stated his intentions to support Sally Capp in terms of preference swapping, Morgan’s former running mate Peter Clarke, who is running on Team Arron Wood, will receive his councillor preferences.
Either way, Labor Party member Jackie Watts looks likely to win another term on council and her community-driven politics has found a practical voice during the past four years on issues such as maritime and knowledge.
The rest of the Morgan-Watts ticket consists of Liberal Party member and Coalition of Resident and Business Associations (CoRBA) president Michael Kennedy, logistics engineer Haya Al-Daghlas and Docklands academic Dr Dashi Zhang.