Mayor keen to return to work
Being elected for a fourth term as Marlborough's mayor was "an absolute privilege", Alistair Sowman says.
Provisional results, published at 3.30pm on Saturday, showed Mr Sowman ahead of nearest rival, Jamie Arbuckle, by 4000 votes. Next placed was Brian Dawson and then Richard Feather.
Mr Sowman said he was "relieved" by the result.
"It is a huge privilege to get a fourth term. I certainly understand the challenges for me going ahead . . . On Monday, I'm back at work."
Two of Mr Sowman's mayoral rivals have been elected to council, with both Mr Arbuckle and Mr Dawson representing the Blenheim ward.
Mr Sowman said he looked forward to pulling together a good team.
"The task people have given me is to pull a team together. I will do my best to give everyone a fair go. I understand what their aspirations are and what they stood for. I will take that into account . . . We can do the job the voters want us to do."
He said he was disappointed to lose the experience of David Dew, who was not re-elected, and felt for Graeme Taylor, who was not re-elected but has a result close enough to possibly change in the final count.
Results released at 3pm do not include the roughly 500 votes and about 35 special votes cast at the council on Saturday morning. Those votes have been couriered to the Christchurch-based election operator Electionz.com, and would be included in the final official count.
Electoral officer Dean Heiford said the results were provisional, and could change when the final vote was published on Wednesday.
There was a steady stream of people into the council offices on Saturday morning. Forgetting the voting papers sitting on the table to be posted seemed to be the common theme.
About five people dropped off their votes in the last 10 minutes available before noon.
Jarred Worner said his forms were sitting on the table. "Today, I thought I'd better get it in."
Marlborough Museum chief executive Steve Austin said his voting forms were the same - sitting on the table.
"It's done now."
The last person to vote made it with just two minutes to spare. Too embarrassed to give her name, the lady said she had left the form on her bench at home.
"I live out by Woodbourne and I was behind a car going at 40, 40, 40 . . . I thought I'd be late."
Official results will be released on Wednesday.
In alphabetical order
Mayor: Alistair Sowman
Blenheim ward: Jenny Andrews, Jamie Arbuckle, Jessica Bagge, Brian Dawson, John Leggett, Larissa Shenfield, and Terry Sloan Marlborough
Sounds ward: Graeme Barsanti, Trevor Hook, and David Oddie
Wairau-Awatere ward: Cynthia Brooks, Geoff Evans and Peter Jerram
- The Marlborough Express