May­ors booted in

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - ADAM LANGENBERG

MUL­TI­PLE high-pro­file re­gional may­ors were turfed out as South Aus­tralians voted for change yes­ter­day.

A bit­ter may­oral race be­tween Lyn Breuer and Tom An­to­nio in Whyalla has ended in both fall­ing short, with deputy mayor Clare McLaugh­lin as­cend­ing to the top job.

Ms Breuer, a for­mer La­bor speaker, is fac­ing crim­i­nal charges for al­legedly as­sault­ing Mr An­to­nio’s wife An­gela.

Ms McLaugh­lin would not be drawn on whether her vic­tory would bring an end to squab­bling on the coun­cil but said that she had run a “very pos­i­tive cam­paign”.

She won by 82 votes from Mr An­to­nio.

“This is a pos­i­tive move for­ward for Whyalla,” she said. “I think Whyalla is a ready for a fan­tas­tic fu­ture.”

In Port Au­gusta, Mayor Sam John­son, an SA Best can­di­date for the Up­per House at this year’s state elec­tion, was top­pled by his deputy, Brett Ben­bow.

The 32-year-old, who shot to promi­nence for his cam­paign against the ash clouds that swirled around the city af­ter the clo­sure of the North­ern Power Sta­tion, fell 350 votes short of Mr Ben­bow.

In Kan­ga­roo Is­land, for­mer state Lib­eral MP Michael Pengilly thrashed in­cum­bent Peter

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