Geelong mayoral election, 2012

City of Greater Geelong Council Elections, 2012
27 October 2012

Turnout 76.29% [1]
Candidate Keith Fagg John Mitchell
Party Independent Labor
Popular vote 54,425 17,448
Percentage 43.28% 13.88%

Mayor before election

John Mitchell

Elected Mayor

Keith Fagg

Elections were held for the City of Greater Geelong council on 27 October 2012. In addition to electing a new 12 member council, Geelong also directly elected its first Mayor. Independent candidate Keith Fagg won the election convincingly, winning 43.28% of the primary vote. Then-mayor Labor aligned John Mitchell won 13.88% of the vote.


As part of an election pledge, the Victorian state government made good on their promise to give Geelong residents the ability to directly elect their next mayor, with the bill passing through the Victorian upper-house on 9 February 2012.[2]

John Mitchell was Geelong's Mayor for the last four years prior to this election. He unsuccessfully ran for re-election.

Mayoral Candidates

Nine candidates ran in this election.

Candidate nominations
  Socialist Alliance Sue Bull
  Independent Ron Watt
  Independent Frank Rozpara
  Independent Stephanie Asher
  Independent John Smith
  Labor John Mitchell Mayor of Geelong from 2008 - 2012.
  Independent Keith Fagg Elected.
  Independent Bernadette Uzelac
  Independent Graeme Robin


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