Derryn Hinch exits the race for Lord Mayor

Derryn Hinch exits the race for Lord Mayor
Brendan Rees

Broadcast legend and former senator Derryn Hinch has withdrawn his bid to become the City of Melbourne’s next Lord Mayor just weeks after announcing his candidacy.

Mr Hinch took to social media saying he could not afford the campaign cost of $250,000 to $500,000.

“Money I don’t have and wouldn’t expect to raise. The Justice Party cost me a lot. Would have loved to have given it a shot. Sorry,” Mr Hinch posted on X on March 27.

“This is a sad practical post. I am withdrawing as a candidate for Lord Mayor of Melbourne.” 

The 80-year-old had spoken with enthusiasm to Southbank News in March when he outlined his plans to bring the city back to its best by tackling graffiti, illegal e-scooter behaviour, people experiencing homelessness, and traffic issues.

His decision has left the mayoral race wide open after Lord Mayor Sally Capp announced she would not be seeking re-election later this year and would stand down in June.

Deputy Lord Mayor Nicholas Reece will take over the reins until the elections. •

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