Runcorn – Brisbane 2020

Council margin – LNP 8.7%
Mayoral margin – LNP 12.7%

Incumbent councillor
Kim Marx, since 2016. Previously councillor for Karawatha since 2012.

Geography
Outer south of Brisbane. Runcorn covers the suburbs of Kuraby, Runcorn, Sunnybank and Sunnybank Hills.

Redistribution
Runcorn expanded to the west and north-east, taking in an area near Acacia Ridge and Coopers Plains from Moorooka and also taking in part of Eight Mile Plains from Macgregor.

History
Labor candidate Gail MacPherson won Runcorn ward in 1994. She was re-elected in Runcorn in 1997, 2000 and 2004. Her margin at the 2004 election was a very slim 2.2%.

The 2008 redistribution split the Runcorn ward between the new wards of Karawatha and Macgregor. MacPherson ran for Karawatha, which had a 2.9% margin, and she was re-elected despite a 1.4% swing.

In 2012, MacPherson retired, and Liberal National candidate Kim Marx defeated Labor candidate Adrienne Cremin with a 17.8% swing. Marx was re-elected in 2016 despite a swing back to Labor.

Candidates

Assessment
Runcorn is a reasonably safe LNP ward, but could be vulnerable if Labor does well.

2016 council result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Kim Marx Liberal National 12,21053.8-10.954.3
Stanley Hsu Labor 8,28136.5+5.735.8
Edward Starr Greens 2,2049.7+7.49.9
Informal7593.2

2016 council two-party-preferred result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Kim Marx Liberal National 12,47158.0-8.358.7
Stanley Hsu Labor 9,04042.0+8.341.3
Exhausted1,1845.2

2016 mayoral result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Graham Quirk Liberal National 12,80355.9-12.257.2
Rod Harding Labor 7,61233.2+10.832.1
Ben Pennings Greens 1,3636.0-0.65.9
Jeffrey HodgesIndependent6432.8+2.82.6
Karel BoelePeople Decide1830.8+0.80.8
Jim EldridgeIndependent1680.7+0.70.7
Jarrod WirthIndependent1530.7+0.70.6
Informal7293.1

2016 mayoral two-party-preferred result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Graham Quirk Liberal National 13,16661.4-12.162.7
Rod Harding Labor 8,27438.6+12.137.3
Exhausted1,4856.5

Booth breakdown

Booths in Runcorn have been split into two halves: east and west.

The LNP did better in the east than the west, with 60% of the council two-party-preferred vote compared to 55% in the west.

Voter groupLNP council 2PPLNP mayoral 2PPTotal votes% of votes
East60.063.08,42433.4
West54.859.27,62030.2
Other votes61.365.75,46921.7
Pre-poll60.164.53,71914.7

Election results in Runcorn at the 2016 Brisbane City Council election
Toggle between two-party-preferred votes for council and lord mayor.

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