Update: Lathey elected deputy

NEW Norfolk’s Barry Lathey has been elected deputy mayor of the Derwent Valley Council following the exclusion of Judy Bromfield and the distribution of her preferences earlier today. Mr Lathey is mid-way through a four-year term as a councillor and will serve as deputy mayor for the next two years.

At the close of counting the primary votes on Tuesday night, Cr Lathey had a small lead over rival candidates Judy Bromfield and Wayne Shoobridge. After a recheck of the figures, Mr Shoobridge overtook Cr Bromfield and the latter was excluded when counting resumed this morning.

Cr Lathey received just over half of Cr Bromfield’s preferences, increasing his tally to 2060 votes (54.9%) over Mr Shoobridge’s 1692 votes (45.1%) and cemented his victory, becoming deputy mayor on his second attempt.

Cr Lathey replaces former deputy mayor Craig Farrell MLC who has retired from council following his election to the Upper House of State Parliament this year. Cr Bromfield’s unsuccessful campaign had been endorsed by mayor Martyn Evans.

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