Price is right for coun­cil

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

FOR­MER real es­tate agent Ben Price looks set to join Pen­rith Coun­cil af­ter the votes swung to­ward La­bor in Saturday’s coun­cil elec­tion.

La­bor claimed about 49 per cent of the votes in East Ward, 32.4 per cent in North Ward and 31.5 in South Ward.

Af­ter 30 years run­ning his own real es­tate agency, most re­cently in Mt Druitt, Mr Price de­cided to fol­low his fa­ther’s foot­steps and be counted among the politi­cians.

La­bor Cr Greg Davies and his two tick­ets, new­com­ers Price and Todd Car­ney, will likely win a seat at the ta­ble.

Lib­eral Cr Tri­cia Hitchen also ap­pears likely to hold her seat, while Gavin Smith will bring a Greens vote to the ta­ble.

While count­ing will con­tinue un­til Fri­day, La­bor will likely claim seven of the 15 seats on Pen­rith Coun­cil.

“It’s not sur­pris­ing,” up­beat La­bor Mayor Karen McKeown said on Mon­day.

“We felt the mood when we were out cam­paign­ing that we were get­ting a very good re­cep­tion and clearly the com­mu­nity has demon­strated they are in safe hands with La­bor,” she said.

Pen­rith’s long­est-serv­ing fe­male coun­cil­lor, East Ward’s Jackie Greenow who was first elected to coun­cil in 1995, retired this year.

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