Adams in front
Monday, 13th May, 2013
By Erica Visser
Former councillor Christine Adams is likely to win Saturday’s City Council by-election.
Six candidates ran in the election which offered just one councillor position.
It was called earlier this year after businessman John Groenendijk resigned due to ill health.
The first preference votes were counted on Saturday night, however the final result was not expected to be known until today or tomorrow.
Mrs Adams, a former councillor, had almost 24 per cent of the votes that had been counted by yesterday.
Robin Sellick was just 150 votes behind, with a figure of more than 22 per cent.
However, Mrs Adams is the second preference for the Labor team and is expected to gain many more votes on preferencing.
Labor’s Geoff Cullenward was coming in third yesterday with over 17 per cent of the counted votes.
Fourth was Tom Kennedy, with just over 13 per cent, followed by Anne Woods with 12.44 per cent.
Remaining candidate Trevor Cutjar had secured only 11 per cent of votes so far.
Mrs Adams said yesterday that she was “hopeful” about the results, but believed it was too premature to assume victory.
“I’m hopeful but I’m waiting for a definite result before I’ll comment,” she said.
Mrs Adams was a city councillor until September last year when she ran on Mr Groenendijk’s ticket but was unsuccessful.
Since then she has maintained her interest in Council, attending each of its monthly meetings as a member of the public.
Mr Sellick said yesterday that he was happy with the result regardless.
“I’m delighted that on Saturday more people voted for change than any other option,” he said.
“It’s a great sign for our future that change, which is always a contentious issue, is something that people of Broken Hill are eager to see.”