Rachel Reese wins Nelson mayoralty
Rachel Reese has made history by becoming Nelson's first woman mayor, leading her nearest rival Aldo Miccio by almost 1500 votes to clinch the job in what was a convincing win, campaign supporter William Dahlberg said.
Ms Reese won 7477 votes, Aldo Miccio 6048, Brian McGurk 3018 and Richard Osmaston 308 votes, results similar to those in an online poll conducted by the Nelson Mail earlier this month.
Surrounded by close friends and family in central Nelson today, Ms Reese said she was humbled by the result.
''It's huge. It's a real honour to be elected Mayor of Nelson. People have put their faith and confidence in it, and it's now my job to live up to that.''
The Nelson Mail was turned away from premises where Mr Miccio and his supporters were gathered this afternoon.
He later said in a phone call that the campaign had been a good battle and he congratulated Ms Reese on her win.
''I wish her all the best for running the city over the next three years.
''I wish her and the city all the best."
Council at large (12 vacancies) * denotes sitting Councillor:
MCGURK, Brian 9,572
LAWREY, Matt Independent 8,817
*RAINEY, Pete 6,726
*FULTON, Kate 6,497
NOONAN, Gaile 6,306
ACLAND, Luke 6,201
*MATHESON, Paul 5,976
*BARKER, Ian 5,932
*WARD, Mike 5,739
SKINNER, Tim 5,688
*COPELAND, Ruth 5,679
*DAVY, Eric K 5,674
SHAW, Derek 5,496
BRAND, Trudie A Strong Voice for Nelson 5,086
ROBERTSON, Kent 5,003
WALKER, John Independent 4,826
THOMPSON, Gaire 4,636
MARSHALL, Colleen 4,154
NEES, Derek 3,742
GARDENER, Kevin 3,690
ROBERTSON, Colin Donald Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand 3,635
BATT, Cindy Independent 3,607
ARMSTRONG, John Independent 3,389
CORLETT, Lee 3,382
SHACKLETON, Joy 2,961
MCKEGNEY, Rob Independent 2,890
EDWARDS, Jean 2,749
BRIGGS, Hugh Independent 2,539
CORNELISSEN, Rosina 2,026
O'BRIEN, Graeme TPPA Action Group 1,914
HORN, Carl Independent Green 1,878
HOULISTON, Owen J 1,785
PAHL, Brent 1,727
SIATAGA KAVANAGH, Robbie Positive Vision 1,675
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