WOMAN POWER RULES THE DAY

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - ADAM LANGENBERG

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

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