Broth­ers keep­ing it a fam­ily af­fair

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It’s one for the his­tory books, as Bryan Cado­gan and lit­tle brother Tim Cado­gan take the reins of may­oralty power in two dif­fer­ent dis­tricts at the same time.

The pair be­lieved it was the ‘‘first time in the mod­ern era’’ that broth­ers had been the mayor of dif­fer­ent dis­tricts si­mul­ta­ne­ously in New Zealand.

What makes the feat even more in­ter­est­ing is that the dis­tricts are both in Otago, side-by-side and both men were first elected at the age of 51.

Bryan, 57, will serve as the Clutha district mayor for a third term af­ter go­ing un­op­posed in his bid.

Tim was elected Cen­tral Otago district mayor for the first time on Satur­day.

The broth­ers cel­e­brated the feat, and Bryan’s 57th birthday, at Tim’s Clyde home with fam­ily and friends.

Tim said his brother had been a ‘‘inspiration’’ to him over many years and he looked for­ward to pick­ing his brain about the role he was step­ping into.

‘‘His com­mu­nity fo­cus, his work ethic and his achieve­ments of what a mayor can do have been in­spi­ra­tional,’’ he said.

Bryan said it was im­por­tant that peo­ple knew his brother was elected on ’’his own prin­ci­ples and be­liefs’’, and he wished him well.

‘‘I’m es­pe­cially proud of my brother,’’ Bryan said. ‘‘It’s a great day for the fam­ily.’’

Bryan, left, and Tim Cado­gan.

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