A final term for Selwyn mayor?

Last updated 05:00 14/10/2013
Kelvin Coe
Iain McGregor

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Selwyn's returning Mayor Kelvin Coe will be putting on the mayoral chains for the third - and most likely final - time this week.

Coe, who is about to enter his seventh term around the council table, told The Press yesterday it will likely be his last.

Despite fierce competition from five rival candidates, the 69-year-old beat his closest competitor, ex-Canterbury District Health Board member Olive Webb, by 435 votes.

Sam Broughton, deputy mayor Sarah Walters, Bill Woods and Malcolm Lyall also ran for the top job, possibly splitting votes.

Webb, who many thought would win the top job, said a win of less than 500 votes did not give Coe a strong mandate from voters.

Coe said it was not a comfortable win, but was still a win.

"I'm delighted to be back in. It's a vote of confidence all of them [sitting councillors] were returned."

John "Jum" Morten and Broughton have retained their spots representing Malvern, while Selwyn Central's sitting councillors Walters, Jeff Bland, Peter Hill and Mark Alexander have all retained their seats.

In the Springs ward, Debra Hasson and Malcolm Lyall will still be around the council table, but will be joined by newcomer Grant Miller, who takes over from outgoing three-term councillor Lindsay Philps.

Coe said the last couple of years had been focused on earthquake recovery and strengthening, while the next few would be more focused on Selwyn-wide development.

"We'll be looking to contain the rate increases to somewhere close to the rate of inflation," he said.

The council will be having an informal session within the week, before their first official meeting next week.

Meanwhile, Webb will watch from the sidelines before deciding whether to try again in 2016.

Hurunui's incumbent mayor Winton Dalley and Waimakariri's sitting mayor David Ayers both ran unopposed.

Voter turnout in Selwyn was 40.43 per cent, in Waimakariri it was 34.16 per cent and in Hurunui it was 30.8 per cent - which was the lowest in the country.

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