Mix of returning and new councillors in City of Armadale

City of Armadale deputy mayor Ruth Butterfield was comfortably returned in River ward with 78.52 per cent of votes.
City of Armadale deputy mayor Ruth Butterfield was comfortably returned in River ward with 78.52 per cent of votes.

ARMADALE’S ballot papers are in and the votes have been counted, with a mix of returning councillors and fresh faces.

Donna Shaw was easily returned in Heron ward, taking out 69.5 per cent of the votes ahead of Louise O’Reilly.

The Hills ward vacancy will be filled by incumbent Caroline Wielinga, with a 99-vote lead over ex-councillor Patricia Hart.

Carole Frost was returned in Lake ward with 47.88 per cent of the vote, more than 20 per cent ahead of her fellow candidates.

Newcomer Gary Smith took out Minnawarra ward, with the local business owner garnering 40.83 per cent of the vote.

Previous councillor Jeff Munn is returning to the chambers, with 27.23 per cent of the vote in Ranford ward.

Deputy mayor Ruth Butterfield was comfortably returned in River ward, bringing in 78.52 per cent of votes in the two-candidate race.

Incumbent councillor Colin Campbell took out Palomino ward unopposed.

Councillors Matthew Norman and Guenter Best did not seek re-election.

Across Armadale, there was an increase in the amount of voters returning their ballot papers compared to the 2015 local election.

Heron ward and Ranford ward returned 28.78 per cent and 29.55 per cent of votes respectively, with all other wards hitting the 30 per cent return rate and Hills leading the way on 36.35 per cent.

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