By HARRY CLARKE

WERE it not for a controversial decision by the Queensland Government to change voting legislation, Chris “Pineapple” Hooper would already be the Mayor of Rockhampton Regional Council.

Laws previously held that in the event an elected mayor resigned within twelve months of taking office, the candidate with the second highest number of votes would be elevated to the role.

So when longtime Mayor Margaret Strelow resigned from the administration last year amid a corruption probe, Pineapple, an eccentric local identity, was primed to be sworn in.

But before this could happen, the Palaszczuck Government made controversial retrospective amendments to the electoral act and called a snap by-election.

That hasn’t deterred Pineapple, who again put his hand up for the role and is currently sitting at third favourite to win the vote this Saturday.

The Country Caller spoke with Pineapple ahead of the poll, to get his last minute thoughts on what’s been a dramatic time in Capricorn politics.

He offers his thoughts on the prospect that he will become the next Mayor of Rockhampton.

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