An­drew Will­cox says elec­tion not won yet

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Peter Car­ruthers

HE MAY have 2112 votes on in­cum­bent mayor Jenny Whit­ney, but deputy mayor An­drew Will­cox says, just like the last-minute Cow­boys come­back in the NRL grand fi­nal, any­thing can hap­pen.

“They thought they were home and hosed. The Bronco blokes were al­ready at the bar hav­ing a drink and look what hap­pened,” Cr Will­cox said.

Our spe­cial elec­tion re­port, in­clud­ing the up­dated vote tally and why in­cum­bent mayor Jenny Whit­ney hasn’t de­clared de­feat yet ei­ther:

MAY­ORAL can­di­date An­drew Will­cox is still not claim­ing a win in the 2016 lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions.

Why? Be­cause he is afraid in­cum­bent mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney is go­ing to pull a rab­bit out of a hat just like Johnathan Thurston did in the dy­ing sec­onds of the NRL grand fi­nal last year.

He made ref­er­ence to the grand fi­nal cliff-hanger af­ter be­ing asked why, with a 2112 vote lead, he wasn’t claim­ing vic­tory over Cr Whit­ney.

“They thought they were home and hosed. The Bron­cos blokes were al­ready at the bar hav­ing a drink and look what hap­pened,” Cr Will­cox said.

“I deal in facts. I don’t want to be the mayor that does things pre-emp­tively.

“The chances are very high I am go­ing to be the next mayor but un­til that is de­clared or un­til the mayor con­cedes to me I am not go­ing to go out and claim vic­tory.”

Though at this stage it will take more than a stroke of bril­liance from the op­pos­ing team to foil the deputy mayor’s bid for the top job.

Cr Will­cox now has 52.56% of the vote from Cr Whit­ney’s 35.87% and Eric Oliver is well out of the race with 11.57% of the vote.

The peo­ple of Will­cox’s north­ern strong­hold have come out in force at the bal­lot box to sup­port the for­mer tomato farmer from Bowen.

Divi­sions 5 and 6 recorded close to ab­so­lute dom­i­na­tion by Cr Will­cox at 90.8% and 91.26% re­spec­tively.

If elected Cr Will­cox said he would fo­cus on elim­i­nat­ing the re­gion’s di­vide though he ad­mit­ted the north/south divi- sion was ev­i­dent at the polls.

“You can def­i­nitely see peo­ple have voted for their can­di­date (based) on ge­og­ra­phy but it will be the last time you see that,” he said.

“I don’t think it mat­ters where the per­son comes from; I cer­tainly won’t be run­ning my may­oral ship like that.”

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