Gerard O'Connell the Hervey Bay chamber's preferred mayor
GERARD O'Connell is the front-running choice among the Hervey Bay business community to be re-elected as mayor.
The Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce polled more than 100 members on who they supported to be mayor and what regional projects they would support.
Gerard O'Connell was the most popular with 68% while his councillor colleague Chris Loft attracted 22% of the vote.
Businessman Steve Coleman won 8% and Jannean Dean scored 2%.
Tinana resident Greg Schmidt did not receive any votes and Lee Carter was not a candidate at the time of the survey.
Chamber president Tim Powers said the group was interested to hear from its members about local projects and who was the favoured mayor.
"Five weeks out from the election we were also keen to hear from our members in regards who they support for Mayor," he said.
"We will ask this question of our members again closer to election day."
The Chamber will host the mayoral candidates at a breakfast on March 9.
Poll of Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce members
Do you support the Sports Plus Project (ie Sports, Entertainment & Evacuation Centre at Nikenbah)?
Result: 64% support (with 15% needing more information before making a decision).
Do you support the Hervey Bay Esplanade Tourist Precinct Master Plan?
Result: 71% support (with 23% needing more information before making a decision).
Do you Support the Hervey Bay CBD Urban Renewal Master Plan at Pialba?
Result: 66% support (with 28% needing more information before making a decision).
Do you Support the Urangan Boat Harbour Master Plan?
Result: 85% support (with 15% needing more information before making a decision).
Who Do You Support to be the Next Mayor?
Gerard O'Connell: 68%
Chris Loft: 22%
Steve Coleman: 8%
Jannean Dean: 2%
Greg Schmidt: 0%
(no other candidates at time of survey)
The Chronicle also has a survey about who you want to be mayor.
Who would you vote for to become Fraser Coast mayor?
This poll ended on 26 February 2016.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.