Labour contender now favourite
LABOUR'S Marvin Rees, pictured, has emerged as the new favourite to become Bristol's first elected mayor.
He has nudged architect George Ferguson, who is standing as an independent, into second place.
Mr Rees, 40, who works as a programme manager in public health for the NHS, is offered by Ladbrokes at 4/5 while Mr Ferguson, 65, remains at 2/1.
The race for the new job to become a figurehead to lead the city now appears to be between these two.
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The current Lib Dem council leader Simon Cook trails in third place with odds of 12/1 although his party has yet to announce their candidate.
The Tories are also still going through the process of picking a candidate although Bristol Tory leader Peter Abraham is quoted at 16/1.
Mr Rees said he took no notice of betting odds. He said: "To me, it comes down to the election process – it doesn't mean much to me that I'm the bookies' favourite."
Meanwhile, Mr Ferguson has already begun posting election leaflets through hundreds of Bristol homes, urging people to vote for him in the mayoral election on November 15.
He starts a week-long citywide push on Sunday and has organised an event at Temple Meads on July 4.
Mr Ferguson says on his Bristol 1st website: "Labour have selected a candidate so we now know who we have to beat."
Other odds include Easton businessman Abdul Malik, a former Lib Dem councillor who hopes to win his party's nomination at 16/1 and former Tory Councillor Spud Murphy at 33/1. Bristol businessman Andy Thorne, another independent, also fetches 33/1 while the Respect Party's Paulette North is at 50/1.