City backs Adams
Wednesday, 15th May, 2013
By Erica Visser
Christine Adams has been voted back to City Council.
The local historian was announced late yesterday afternoon as the winner of the weekend’s by-election after the day was spent counting preferences.
The former councillor, who was not returned at the September 2012 election, takes over the position left vacant by John Groenendijk who resigned.
Councillor Adams beat fellow candidate Robin Sellick by 1000 votes, including preference votes.
Clr Adams was the second preference for the Labor Party behind its candidate Geoff Cullenward.
She said that she was hopeful of winning the election after success during the pre-poll period.
“I was quietly confident after the primary votes, mainly because I did feel I did well at pre-poll.
“It was going to be a close call but now that all the voting is completed I’m very pleased with the result.”
Clr Adams had been attending Council meetings as a member of the public since September.
“As I said before the election, I’d never lost enthusiasm or interest in Council,” she said.
“This is a continuation of where I left off but in more serious circumstances.”
Clr Adams ran on Mr Groenendijk’s ticket in September and said his resignation came as a shock.
“I certainly was surprised as anyone when John resigned,” she said.
“Those are pure circumstances but I am very glad that I have been elected.”
Mayor Wincen Cuy said he was pleased with the result.
“Absolutely marvellous,” he said. “It is a good result for the city. Christine was a hard working councillor in the past and I would say she will be for the future.
“She brings a lot of common sense to the table.
“I’d also like to congratulate Robin Sellick on a very good campaign as well.”
Clr Adam’s first duty will be to attend Council’s public committee meetings at 4.30pm today.