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Workers may dominate the Port Stephens Council as Mayor Ryan Palmer faces a challenge from Leah Anderson.Newcastle Herald

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Mayor of Port Stephens Ryan Palmer is fighting to continue his work while Labor keeps an eye on taking control of the council. Labor Party Lear Anderson, the only other candidate for mayor, collected 49.6% of the votes on the first night, which counted 50.4% of Cr Palmer. Cr Palmer was leading with only 164, with 40% of the votes counted. Counting stops on Saturday night and resumes on Monday. Anderson said on Sunday that she was “absolutely excited” at her show and was confident that the vote could go her way. Herald asked Cr Palmer for comment. Labor Party lawmaker Kate Washington said the result was “too close to the phone.” She said some of the better booths could favor Cr Palmer, but large, uncounted pre-voting votes will be important. More than 10,000 of Port Stephens’ 53,000 registered voters did so by pre-voting. “No matter how it fell, it was a very credible challenge,” Washington said. Labor can increase the number of councilor representatives from one to four, as it appears destined to win two spots in the West Ward and at least one spot in the east and central. It took advantage of the end of the independent Paul Le Mottee in District 4, which was ruled invalid by the NSW Election Commission last month due to lack of signature. If Ms. Anderson wins the mayor’s vote, Labor can hold the mayor’s vote if it is tied with half of the 10 seats in the council. This is a remarkable change from the time of the colorful former mayor Bruce Mackenzie. Labor women were able to hold four of the five mayors of the hunter. Loretta Baker leads Philip Penfolds 1.4 points in Maitland, while Nuata Linermes and Kay Fraser win Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. Ms. Anderson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Port Stephens Scorera Hospital, partially funded by the Council, in August. Retired independent Ken Jordan criticized the appointment at the time, and then Congress voted to resign Ms. Anderson and President Ron Land of the Koala Hospital while investigating allegations of bullying within the organization. Led. In News Our journalists are working hard to bring the latest news in the region to the community. To continue to access trusted content:

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Workers may dominate the Port Stephens Council as Mayor Ryan Palmer faces a challenge from Leah Anderson.Newcastle Herald

Source link Workers may dominate the Port Stephens Council as Mayor Ryan Palmer faces a challenge from Leah Anderson.Newcastle Herald

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