The final results from the recent elections have now been published.
Throughout Willoughby, 46,226 residents were enrolled to vote. However, only 37,466 turned out to vote on the day. So, around 20% of residents did not vote in the Mayoral election. The result:
Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney – 24,713 votes
Predictably, Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney won with 70% of votes cast. Informal votes accounted for 5% of votes cast.
In West Ward, there were 11,72 residents enrolled to vote. Of these only 9,527 came out on the day. The result:
Tony Mustaca – 30%
Craig Campbell – 25%
Lynne Saville – 23%.
Maria Chan (9%), Maisy Yan (7%) and Kenrick Cheah (7%) ran credible campaigns.
21% of residents did not vote. Of those that did, 7% voted informal.
Perhaps the most noteworthy outcome was Craig Campbell, a first time candidate, polled so strongly. Craig was the President of the Mowbrary School P&C; on the Mowbray School Council and the Treasurer of the Chatswood West Ward Progress Association.
Another interesting outcome was that 77% of West Ward voted for Independent candidates. Willoughby Council has long been the champion of Independents with 12 out of 13 of the newly elected Councilors being Independents. This matches the often expressed view of residents in favour of independents.