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Saturday
Oct122013

Election Results

Here are the progressive election results with 95% counted.

It could not be any clearer than that - Leach in with 7862 over Ben Parsons 1049.

I am well behind Diane Connors in Thames with 1216 agianst her 1614. Goudie was top as I guess should have been expected with 2168 and Peter French 2098. 

Strat Peters continues to attract the votes with 1983, Lester Yates 1857, Craig Cassidy 1382 and Rex Simpson 1379. The Urban Strategy will roll on regardless of any consultation at that rate. It is a great pity that this Board has missed out on the experience and background knowledge of Adrian Catran - that will be its loss. 

Other interesting results were Jan Bartley with 1695 and Jack Wells 1580 at Whangamata. I thought that Helen McCabe would do better in that deeply conservative Ward , but it interesting that Keith Johnston only managed third on the Community Board behind Terry Walker and Peter Kerr. 

There is nothing else amongst the other TCDC results of any note. 

A rather chilling result has come through in Waikato

Simon Fryer went down rather ignomoniously - his support for One Waikato, and his performance in regard to Moanataiari certainly sealed his fate around here if I am not mistaken.

For Clyde Graf to have been elected, voters must have only seen the "Rates Control" slash on his election signs. I wonder just how many are aware of his background as convicted bank robber, and his determination to remove 1080 from being used anywhere in the Region. He did very well keeping that in the background. I for one am extremely sorry that Dal Minogue missed out - he has been much maligned for no good reason in the past, and would have provided an excellent counter to Buckley on this Council. 

Actually, with only one other One Waikato councillor being elected (Tipa Mahuta), I think Peter may have trouble making that ship float.

Congratulations and good luck to all those who were successful, and commiserations to those who were not. I know what a bitter pill it can be when you think you have something to offer, but there is always solace to be found in good friends, and an excellent pinot. 

 

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (3)

Hi Bill,

Sad to see that you feel that it is necessary to bring up the past sins of others, the justice system conficted and sentenced, the time was served and a man should be able to put his past behind him.

You might like to take a look at the Lords Prayer........"if you forgive others for their transgressions........"

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClancy Nixon

Thanks Clancy - you are welcome to your opinion, but in politics, you are in the limelight - your past is there for all to see.
Mr Graf may have served his time, but his record can and should remain in public view - he is a convicted criminal, end of story!

October 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

It will be interesting to if Graf can bring anything else apart from anti 1080, financial planning or filmography to the Council table. If he bangs on about 1080 he is going to isolate himself even from his Rates Control conspirators. Stu Husband and Clyde around the Council table I believe will be volatile mix to say the least.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

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