Fresh five on Wodonga Council

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FIVE newcomers will be on Wodonga Council after Kat Bennett, Danny Lowe, Tim Quilty, Libby Hall and Ron Mildren were elected.
Nanjing Night Net

They will join mayor Anna Speedie, who topped the poll with 2685 votes, and John Watson, elected for a second successive term.

Incumbent Mike Fraser was not re-elected, after winningon preferences in 2012.

Cr Speedie, who was “humbled” by her win, said the five had much to digest.

“It’s always a challenge for new people coming in, because they’ve got to learn a lot and very quickly because things don’t stop,” she said.

“There will be a lot of hard work ahead of a lot of people, but I’m sure they will rise to the challenge.”

Top two: Kat Bennett and Anna Speedie were the leading vote winners in Wodonga’s council election, both drawing more than 2000 pledges of support.

Cr Speedie confirmed she would seek to remain as mayor.

“I’ve still got some work I would like to achieve and given my experience I would like to continue,” she said.

Kat Bennett, whose election drewloud cheers at the High Street electoral officeon Sunday night, was thrilled to net2186 votes.

“I am so incredibly excited to have got in,” Ms Bennett said.

“I’ve wanted to do this since I was 15.

“I got sick before the end of the campaign for ten days and wondered if that would affect me.”

The high-profile Alliance for Change only secured one seat on council with Ron Mildren the last chosen.

The planning consultant was at a loss to explain why no more than one of the seven succeeded.

Change agent: Ron Mildren was the only one of the seven members of the Alliance of candidates to win a berth on Wodonga Council.

“I need to have a look at the numbers and see what’s happened,” Mr Mildren said.

Accountant Tim Quilty surprised himself, afteronly movingto Wodonga 3½years ago.

“I thought about not running because of that,” Mr Quilty said.

“Obviously there were a lot of people with more history than me running but I thought I had something to offer.”

Mr Quilty believes his extreme commitment to cut rates and wasteful spending rocketed his vote.

Cr Watson, who was part of the inaugural Wodonga council before taking a break, said it was a hard campaign but he believed his record helped him.

He did not rule out standing for mayor, but said there was a good argument for Cr Speediebased on continuity and her high vote.

The primary votes for the successful candidates below Cr Speedie and Ms Bennett were 1451 (Mr Lowe), 1336 (Mr Quilty), 1191 (Cr Watson), 1001 (Mrs Hall) and 989 (Mr Mildren).

Cr Fraser got446, placing him 17thout of the 24 candidates on primary votes.

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