Kelvin Coe returns as Selwyn mayor
Kelvin Coe retained the Selwyn mayoralty, despite fierce competition from five rival candidates.
His closes rival was ex-Canterbury District Health Board member Olive Webb.
Coe won the spot with 2984 votes, with Webb getting 2549, Sam Broughton getting 2131, Sarah Walters polling 1849, Bill Woods with 1679 and Malcolm Lyall on 635.
It will be the 69-year-old's third term as mayor.
Kelvin Coe breathed a "sigh of relief" after hearing he had won the Selwyn mayoralty for the third time.
"I'm delighted to be back in. It's a vote of confidence all of them [sitting councillors] were returned."
Coe said he had been on tenterhooks all day waiting for the results, which were delayed because more than 500 votes were lodged this morning.
He said the 435 vote difference was not a comfortable win, but was still a win.
Disappointed Selwyn mayoral candidate Olive Webb said the win did not give Coe a strong mandate from voters.
Webb, who many had thought would win the top job, said she was very disappointed but also concerned the result did not give Coe the kind of mandate he had previously enjoyed.
Webb said Coe had gone from a majority of about 5000 down to less than 500.
"A win of less than 500 votes is not necessarily a mark of popularity. That's not a comfortable mandate,'' she said.
Webb, who quit her 13-year role on the Canterbury District Health Board to focus on the mayoral race, said she would mull over her next move.
"I am interested in politics and always have been. But I'm going to sit down and have a think instead of making a knee-jerk reaction.''
Farmer and three-term councillor John "Jum" Morten and first-term councillor Sam Broughton retained their spots representing Malvern, beating competition from former mayor and ex-councillor Bill Woods and ex-councillor and community board member Bob Mugford.
Selwyn Central's sitting councillors Deputy Mayor Sarah Walters, Jeff Bland, Peter Hill and Mark Alexander have all retained their seats.
They were unsuccessfully challenged by local resident Lynley Shaw and community board member Sandy Williams.
Nigel Barnett and Pat McEvedy will represent Ellesmere for their third and second terms respectively.
In the Springs ward, long-standing councillors Debra Hasson and Malcolm Lyall retain their seats, but will be joined by newcomer Grant Miller, who takes over from outgoing three-term councillor Lindsay Philps.
Kelvin Coe 2984
Olive Webb 2549
Sam Broughton 2131
Sarah Walters 1849
Bill Woods 1679
Malcolm Lyall 635
Sam Broughton 2129
John "Jum" Morten 1241
Bill Woods 1042
Bob Mugford 781
Sarah Walters 2200
Jeff Bland 2149
Mark Alexander 1850
Peter Hill 1718
Sandy Williams 1678
Lynley Shaw 1636