WOMAN POWER RULES THE DAY
A WAVE of women have saluted across metropolitan Adelaide, as Campbelltown elected its first female mayor and a host of women defeated sitting mayors.
Jill Whittaker has romped her way to become Campbelltown’s first female mayor in its 150-year history, more than 4000 votes ahead of Marijka Ryan.
Ms Whittaker said she was “absolutely excited” to take the top job. She replaces Simon Brewer, who resigned after a 12-year-stint.
“I would like to thank everyone who voted for me very much for their confidence and trust in me and I will work very hard to repay their trust in me to run their city,” she said.
Another woman has ascended to the top job in Mitcham, where Heather Holmes-Ross has claimed victory over incumbent Glenn Spear.
Ms Holmes-Ross said she was “thrilled” and people had voted for change.
“What I was advocating for was a cleaner, greener, smarter city and I think that’s what people are voting for,” she said.
In Burnside, Anne Monceaux defeated incumbent David Parkin. Mr Parkin was elected unopposed in 2014.
In Holdfast Bay, acting mayor Amanda Wilson was elected to her first full term as mayor.
Ms Wilson became mayor in March when former Collingwood footballer Stephen Patterson stepped down to enter State Parliament as MP for Morphett.
In Charles Sturt, Mayor Angela Evans easily secured a second term, seeing off challengers Maria Russo and Paul Kitsis.
In Marion, former state MP Kris Hanna was elected for a second term, easily defeating three other candidates.
A former Labor, Greens and independent MP, Mr Hanna unsuccessfully stood for SA Best in the seat of Gibson at this year’s state election.
Mr Hanna said the new term was an “opportunity for community service”. “People can expect a frugal, common sense council where we spend money where it’s really needed by the community,” he said.
In Prospect, national Local Government Association president David O’Loughlin was re-elected, winning 79 per cent of the vote.
“I’m very happy to be returned. There’s lots more to do and I can’t wait to get stuck into it,” he said.
VICTORY: New Campbelltown City Council Mayor Jill Whittaker, Picture: BRENTON EDWARDS/AAP