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Beauty queen running for Melbourne mayor

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April 10, 2018

Former beauty pageant contestant Nathalie Nicole O'Sughrue is running for Melbourne lord mayor.

Nominations to run for Melbourne's Lord Mayor, which became vacant after Robert Doyle resigned amid sexual harassment allegations, are set to close.

Hopefuls have until midday Tuesday to put their hands up for the $193,000-a-year job.

So far the race has inspired a colourful array of 11 personalities, including millionaires, political party members, an artist, psychologist and a broadcaster.

Many of the candidates are running on platforms of reforming the council's culture after the fallout of Mr Doyle's scandal.

Former councillor Tessa Sullivan filed a complaint against Mr Doyle in December alleging repeated sexual harassment, prompting an independent inquiry.

In March, allegations by Ms Sullivan and councillor Cathy Oke were upheld by the council-commissioned investigation.

The report concluded that Mr Doyle grabbed Ms Sullivan's breast in May when the pair were in a chauffer-driven mayoral car.

It also found Mr Doyle put his hand on Ms Oke's thigh several times in 2014, and attempted to kiss her in his office following a meeting in late 2016 or early 2017.

All incidents happened after Mr Doyle had consumed "substantial amounts of red wine", but other allegations raised by Ms Sullivan were not substantiated.

Mr Doyle has always vehemently denied the accusations.

Nominations for lord mayor close at midday and ballot papers will be sent out from April 23. Voting closes on May 11.

THE NOMINEES

* Michael Burge

* Bruce Poon

* Rohan Leppert

* Luke Downing

* Jennifer Yang

* Nathalie Nicole O'Sughrue

* Sally Capp

* Sally Warhaft

* Ken Ong

* Katie Sfetkidis

* Gary Morgan

(Source: Victorian Electoral Commission)

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