The results are in and the votes have been counted. On Tuesday morning, December 21, the NSW Electoral commission announced the results of the Mid-Western Regional Council election.
Three new faces make up the new Council, with Katie Dicker, Robbie Palmer and Phil Stoddart making it in. 15,865 votes were counted once all was said and done and the informal rate, while initially high, dropped to 5.31 per cent. Which means 842 votes were not counted.
Paul Cavalier who ran as an independent and received 1,525 votes said it's great to see a result finally.
"It's great to see the results finally being declared. No doubt there have been some sleepless nights for some of the candidates, and while the process has been slow, we've finally got an answer, and we can get to work," he said.
"I'm excited for some new faces around the table, and hope we can work collectively to make some meaningful changes and decisions over the next term."
Alex Karavas who successfully retained his spot on council said it has been an interesting election.
"This election has been an interesting one, with so many candidates the outcome for all was more unpredictable than usual," he said.
"I am grateful for the overwhelming support my diverse group has received, this is reflected not just on our policies and campaign, but what has been achieved in my first term as a Councillor. I will continue to represent the people of the region on matters which is most important to them.
"I would like to thank the other members of my group for their support and dedication throughout the campaign."
Former Deputy Mayor, Sam Paine said he's glad to be back after a close race.
"I'm looking forward to being part of the new council after an election that was pretty tight for me," he said. "It's always nice at the polling booths to spend some time with the other candidates and get a feel for what the new council will be like."
Another returning councillor, Percy Thompson said he's eager to get back to it.
"I'm pleased because I like helping people. My wife said I should run again because I've got more time than I ever have to do it," he said.
"People say if they want something done, ring up Percy Thompson.
This is the ninth time I've been elected so I must be doing something right."
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