Former Launceston alderman throws his hat in the ring to be Hobart's next lord mayor

A former Launceston alderman has announced he will run for lord mayor of Hobart in the upcoming council elections.

Darren Alexander announced his resignation from this Launceston City Council on Tuesday this week, citing the need to spend more time in Hobart.

The IT businessman lived in Hobart for more than 15 years before moving to Launceston.

Mr Alexander said he had watched the Hobart City Council from afar over the past few years, and said it was time they learnt to work together.

"I think Hobart has a real chance to be one of the best regional capital cities in Australia, and I think what it needs is some real common sense," he said.

"Right now the group of aldermen over the last four to six years have continually fought with each other, and drove a wedge between the community.

"We've got to work together … it takes leadership to do that and I think I've got absolutely the right credentials."

As for why Hobartians should vote for someone from Launceston, Mr Alexander said he considered himself "Tasmanian".

"I'm Tasmanian. Born and bred here. I was born in Burnie, I grew up on the west coast, and I was the son of a miner," he said.

"I lived in Hobart for over 18 years and the last six years I've been in Launceston."

A tilt at council was not always on the cards, but Mr Alexander said he felt the people who were "putting their hands up" for lord mayor didn't have the right qualifications, so he decided to throw his hat in the ring.

Mr Alexander said it was important Hobart grew its tourism, retail and business sectors, refuting claims from current Lord Mayor Ron Christie that there were too many tourists.

"I see … all of these major festivals we have, and all these other events that we have in the state as really positive signs," he said.

"What we need to do is work with the Government and work with the council to make sure we have the right infrastructure in place.

"Instead of pushing people away, what we need to do is actually work together, hand in hand, to get the right outcome with all levels of government."

Mr Alexander said the October council elections offered the people of Hobart an important chance to have their say.

"If they want a new direction, they want someone with vision, someone who's an innovative thinker, someone who has been very good in business, then they should be voting for me," he said.

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