Andrew Willcox is in a good position after the counting of more than 9,000 votes.
Andrew Willcox is in a good position after the counting of more than 9,000 votes. Peter Carruthers

ELECTION 2016: Preliminary mayoral results in

UPDATE, 2PM: After 12,012 votes have been counted, Andrew Willcox remains the clear frontrunner to be the new mayor of the Whitsunday Regional Council.

Cr Willcox has claimed 53.48% of the votes, 2182 votes ahead of incumbent mayor Jenny Whitney.

In Division 1, Jan Clifford is leading with 46.59% of the votes.

Division 2 is extremely close, with Ron Petterson on 832 votes, John Atkinson on 735 and Tanya Bandow with 728 votes.

There's a clear winner in Division 3, with John "Sarge" Collins snagging 2076 votes to Rogin Taylor's 605.

Peter Ramage looks set to be the Division 4 councillor, with 648 votes, ahead of Pat Faust on 150 and Gary Simpson on 144.

Division 5 was uncontested, Dave Clarke will be re-elected.

Mike Brunker looks to be Division 6's councillor, nabbing 1220 votes ahead of John Smith's 222 and Jeff Hawkins' 111 votes.

EARLIER: 

MAYORAL candidate Andrew Willcox is significantly ahead in the polls and looks to be the new Whitsunday Regional Council mayor.

After the counting of 9173 votes Cr Willcox has claimed 50.11% of the vote, the incumbent mayor Jennifer Whitney has picked up 37.20% of the vote in the race for the Whitsunday mayor. 

Cr Whitney took the majority of the vote from Cr Willcox and outside-chance candidate Eric Oliver in Divisions 1, 2 and 3 but Cr Wilcox dominated the polling in Divisions 4, 5 and 6.

Cr Willcox has won 70.34% of the vote in Division 4, 91.4% in Division 5 and 89.37%  in Division 6 so far.

The former tomato farmer from Bowen has been well backed by his constituents in the north and is almost certain to become the new mayor of the Whitsunday Regional Council.

Though he was cautious about claiming the win.

"I am not claiming a victory, the Electoral Commission haven't called it,  there is no way I will be claiming victory   until we have all the data," he said.

"We are just crunching the numbers.  Things are looking good but I don't know if we have enough to get over the line."

Mayor Whitney was contacted this afternoon but didn't respond before this article was uploaded.

So which councillors will make up the new local government chamber?

 At this stage Division 1 incumbent councillor Jan Clifford is leading from Michelle Lynes and Mark Yore with 46.95% of the vote. It was a good tussle between Ms Lynes and Mr Yore but they have been out gunned Cr Clifford.

The battle for Division 2 has been a very close and will be the only division to elect a new councillor if Ron Petterson continues to lead. He is currently ahead of incumbent councillor John Atkinson by only 97 votes.

Tanya Bandow is  bringing up the rear in Division 2 with 31.72% of the vote, about 5% behind leader, Mr Petterson.

John "Sarge" Collins the butcher from Proserpine has surged ahead of former deputy mayor Rogin Taylor.

The incumbent Collins will keep his place in council by gaining 75.0% of the vote in Division 3.

In Division 4 another clear winner has emerged.

Peter Ramage with 60.27% of the vote drew clear of his rivals Gary Simpson and Pat Faust and also looks set to retain his seat on Whitsunday Regional Council.

Division 5 was uncontested, Dave Clarke will be re-elected.

In the north another landslide victory will be claimed by Michael Brunker who received 78.56% of the vote in Division 6.


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