Cr Moore could not be reached for comment Sunday. A spokesman pointed to remarks at the time of Dr. Phelps’ resignation, as Cr Moore said she came after she told her she would not support her bid to remain deputy director. She said it had become “more and more clear” that Dr. Phelps “does not share our values or vision”.
“I have never asked anyone on my team to vote in a way that compromises their beliefs. People on my team share values and a vision. ”
When she was asked last year about a potential challenge from Dr. Phelps, Cr Moore said she was “past history”.
Phelps won the federal seat in Wentworth in Sydney’s eastern suburbs in a 2018 election triggered by the resignation of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, but she admitted defeat to Liberal candidate Dave Sharma just seven months later in the federal election.
She was among high-profile former and serving independent federal MPs, including Warringah’s Zali Steggall, Indi’s Helen Haines, Mayo’s Rebekha Sharkie and Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie at the Getting Elected event.
She said at the event that the major political parties “provide a tribe to identify with” and they would take advantage of this, but she sensed a “growing sense that socially conscious independents are also becoming a tribe”.
Like Dr. Phelps, former Deputy Mayor Linda Scott will campaign for the need for new leadership at City Hall.
But in remarks directed at her two opponents, Cr Scott said Sunday: “I’m a workhorse, not a show pony. Instead of doing away with the old, I am fighting for the future of our society. ”
Cr Scott, a councilor since 2012, said in a statement confirming her run that she was forced by the coronavirus pandemic to lead the council and help rebuild Sydney as a “fun, fair and sustainable city for the future”.
After reiterating its intention to contest the election earlier this month, Cr Moore said continued action on climate change would be a major focus as it was “too many people”.
In 2016, Cr Moore won more than 60 percent of the vote and goes into the election on September 4 as the clear favorite.
The Liberal Party is missing another candidate, but its former mayor hopeful Christine Forster announced she will leave local politics.
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