Mandurah votes: the count begins

Current Mayor Marina Vergone watches the count
Mayoral candidate Rhys Williams watches the count
Mayoral candidate Peter Jackson watches the count
Mandurah votes: the count begins
Current Mayor Marina Vergone watches the count Mayoral candidate Rhys Williams watches the count Mayoral candidate Peter Jackson watches the count

The count has begun for the City of Mandurah council election.

11.51pm: Dave Schumacher reelected with 1916 votes, Matt Rogers on 1818 pushes out Jane Field by 414 votes.

10.19: Merv Darcy Mandurah’s newest councillor in North Ward.

Mr Darcy beat Candice DiPrizio by 94 votes.

Shannon Lawson did not have enough votes to be reelected.

9.48pm: Cr Peter Jackson reelected to North Ward.

9.32pm: Cr Lynn Rodgers and Cr Darren Lee keep their positions as East Ward councillors.

8.56pm: 25 per cent of the vote has been counted for Town Ward councillor

Matt Rogers, brother of Cr Peter Rogers leads with 298 votes.

Current Cr David Schumacher is following on 288.

There are two positions available in the ward.

7.59pm: Rhys Williams is Mandurah’s new Mayor. Read more: Williams wins Mayor 

The story so far:

The position of mayor has been hotly contested by four candidates current Mayor Marina Vergone, Rhys Williams, Peter Jackson and Mark Brzezinski.

However, this election has been marred by underhanded campaigning.

More: tens of thousands donated to City of Mandurah council candidates 

More: signage encourages people to vote no to current mayor 

More: councillor claims he is victim of bullying and sabotage 

More: election turns nasty on social media