Former ‘Dancing with the Stars’ personality sashays for Lord Mayor – again


A third candidate in the Adelaide City Council mayoral race has materialised, telling CityMag if elected he would get rid of WiFi and Uber in the city, and lead free workshops about the “health dangers” of “radiation exposure”.

Steven Kelly, an Adelaide-based business person and owner of Rundle Street venue The Loft, has announced his candidacy to once again run for Lord Mayor.

Kelly’s announcement comes after incumbent Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor confirmed her candidacy to the media over the weekend, and weeks after former senator Rex Patrick firmed up his tilt exclusively to InDaily.

A self-described hospitality entrepreneur and former Dancing With The Stars Greecepersonality“, Kelly was unsuccessful in his bid for the lord mayoral position in the 2018 Adelaide City Council general elections.

During his last campaign, Kelly said if elected he would fix homelessness within 60 days of taking office, improve the council’s internet security, and open-up free parking in the city.

Kelly declined to speak to CityMag about his renewed candidacy over the phone. However, he answered our questions in written responses, composed through a “voice-to-text software program”, sent via an encrypted ProtonMail email account.

In regards to his renewed campaign, there had been “serious matters” that have come up over the past four years that “must be attended to”.

“Things” within the Adelaide City Council were “not transparent”, he said, and as Lord Mayor he would bring back “responsibility and humanity” that is “so much missing”.

Steven Kelly. This picture: Supplied

“I want to get involved with the real issues [and] work on substantial matters that make a difference, not just go in there where the gold robe and do what I’m told to,” Kelly said.

His 10-point policy plan features similar themes to his last council election attempt; this time he says he will fix rough sleeping within “two months” of the first day of taking office and improve the city’s nightlife.

However, he would also like to put the Adelaide City Council’s IT system under a…

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