THE mayoral race for the Fraser Coast is shaping up to be tightly contested, according to a poll conducted on the Chronicle's website.

Three of the six candidates were separated by just 2% after 184 readers voted online.

Division 3 councillor Chris Loft was just out in front with 29% of the vote.

That was followed by incumbent mayor Gerard O'Connell and former executive manager Jannean Dean who were both on 27%.

Rounding out the field were businessman Steven Coleman on 9%, retired teacher Lee Carter on 3% and former road construction worker Greg Schmidt.

The first Chronicle poll after mayoral candidates were finalised has predicted a close race for the region's top job.
The first Chronicle poll after mayoral candidates were finalised has predicted a close race for the region's top job.

The poll was the first to be conducted by the Chronicle since the finalised candidates were announced on Wednesday.

The Fraser Coast will officially go to the polls on Saturday, March 19.