Mayors booted in
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