Jenny Whit­ney: I’m still in with a chance as mayor

I per­son­ally feel I’m still in with a chance when they count the votes from this end of town.

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - STILL IN IT: In­cum­bent Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney isn’t ad­mit­ting de­feat just yet. Photo: Sharon Small­wood.

IN­CUM­BENT Whit­sun­day mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney has re­mained de­fi­ant in the face of her po­si­tion in the may­oral race, say­ing she’s not will­ing to ad­mit de­feat just yet.

“The count­ing’s not over yet,” she said.

“I per­son­ally feel I’m still in with a chance when they count the votes from this end of town.”

With north­ern vot­ers throw­ing their sup­port be­hind in­cum­bent deputy mayor An­drew Will­cox for the top job, Cr Whit­ney said many were still hold­ing on to the for­mer divi­sion.

“I’ve had very good sup­port from the for­mer Whit­sun­day Shire and ob­vi­ously there’s a clear di­vide with the Bowen end,” she said.

“They pre­ferred the for­mer coun­cil’s style of govern­ment, rather than the new style of govern­ment that I’ve tried in in­tro­duce.

“But at the end of the day, the coun­cil is in a sound fi­nan­cial po­si­tion with good gover- nance, good pro­cesses and a good team of staff.”

Should her feel­ing come to fruition, Cr Whit­ney said she would fo­cus on “mov­ing the re­gion for­ward”.

How­ever, if the votes fall in an­other can­di­dates favour, Cr Whit­ney in­tends to take “a well-earned rest”.

“It’s been a try­ing and chal­leng­ing four years but, ob­vi­ously, I’ve got my small busi­ness in Proser­pine and I would go back into there and just see what other op­por­tun- ities present,” she said.

The in­cum­bent mayor de­scribed the elec­tion as very try­ing, say­ing there had been a lot of “an­tics”.

“And my vol­un­teers and my team, they’ve had some try­ing times in the last week in par­tic­u­lar,” she said.

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