Martens, Holden, O'Neill claim final Mid-Western Regional Council spots

Number nine:  John O'Neill has claimed the final position on Mid-Western Regional Council.

Number nine: John O'Neill has claimed the final position on Mid-Western Regional Council.

Returning councillor Esme Martens, Mudgee Regional Tourism chairman Russell Holden and brewery representative John O’Neill have claimed the last three places on the Mid-Western Regional Council. . 

After final counting of votes on Sunday, the incoming Mid-Western Regional councillors in order of election are Des Kennedy, Percy Thompson, Alex Karavas,  Paul Cavalier,  Sam Paine, Peter Shelley, Esme Martens, Russell Holden and John O’Neill. 

Percy Thompson, Alex Karavas, Des Kennedy and Paul Cavalier were elected in the first round of counting, with the remaining positions determined by preferences. 

Esme Marten won the seventh place on council after 30 rounds of counting and preference distribution. 

Both Mr Holden and Mr O’Neill, both ungrouped candidates, benefited from preferences as a result of Des Kennedy’s “vote one to nine below the line” campaign. 

They won the eighth and nine positions on council respectively in the 31st round of counting. 

Mr Holden served in Mid-Western Regional Council from 2008 but narrowly missed re-election in 2012. 

Mr O’Neill, along with Sam Paine and Alex Karavas, is a newcomer to Mid-Western Regional Council. 

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