The council election votes are still being counted at the office of the returning officer.
The council election votes are still being counted at the office of the returning officer. Lachlan Thompson

Williamson's still the one

THE only candidate whose seat in Prince St has been finalised is Richie Williamson.

However Cr Williamson still needs the vote of at least four other councillors to stay mayor.

When asked if he would be running for mayor, Cr Williamson said, "Yes, I will be and made that very clear during the campaign."

It would be surprising if Cr Williamson, having thus far gained three times as many votes for council as his nearest rival, was not elected mayor but some potential councillors were refusing to give him their vote before the result was final.

Andrew Baker has polled second in the vote so far but he was not keen to flag his support for Cr Williamson yesterday.

"It is way too early for me to even think about who will be mayor," said Mr Baker who was also not sure that he would definitely be getting a seat.

"If I am declared as being elected I want to get through the baggage that this council has inherited from the previous one first."

Mr Baker said there were issues that he would want to deal with before nominating anyone for mayor.

Candidates keen to support Cr Williamson were Jeremy Challacombe, Jim Simmons, Craig Howe, Sue Hughes, Margaret McKenna and Micheal McIvor..

Jason Kingsley is polling third and said he had not looked that far ahead.



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