Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Shaw likely to be named mayor today

Ben Shaw
WITH less than one percent of votes separating the lead candidates in the Derwent Valley Council election, Ben Shaw is likely to be declared the municipality's next mayor sometime today.

Cr Shaw, who has been deputy mayor since 2014, topped the poll in the mayoral ballot and remains just ahead of rival Paul Belcher after the distribution of preferences last night.

Strong preference flows to Mr Belcher saw him whittle Cr Shaw's lead from 123 votes down to 25. The Tasmanian Electoral Commission stopped short of declaring Cr Shaw's win last night. A recheck of the votes will be conducted today to confirm the result.

Martyn Evans, who has been mayor since 2009, did not seek re-election to the top job, focusing instead on seeking election as a councillor only.

Three candidates remain in the running for the position of deputy mayor and all are first-time candidates. Jessica Cosgrove is in the lead, ahead of Rachel Power and Matt Hill. Mr Hill will be the next candidate excluded from the count and his preferences will determine who is elected deputy mayor.

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