Labor, Greens win

Voters took to the polls on Saturday to elect the inaugural Inner West Council

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | September 13th, 2017

LABOR and the Greens will dominate the 15-member, inaugural Inner West Council.
Three councillors will represent each of the five wards, formed by the merger of the former Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville councils.
With just two councillor positions to be decided in the Marrickville and Balmain Wards, Labor has five seats, with a chance of a sixth, the Greens, five, Liberal, two and Independents, two.
Colin Hesse has been elected for the Greens in Marrickville Ward, and Sam Iskandar for Labor. Which Independent is elected for the third position in Marrickville, will be determined as postal votes are counted.
In Stanmore Ward, the Greens' Louise Steer has been elected, along with Anna York for Labor. The third ward councillor will be independent candidate, Pauline Lockie.
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Marghanita Da Cruz has been elected for the Greens in Leichhardt Ward, while Lucille McKenna will be a Labor councillor. Vittoria Raciti will gain a jersey for the Liberals.
Darcy Byrne has been elected in the Balmain Ward for Labor, as well as Rochelle Porteous for the Greens. Labor is expected to take the third position.
In Ashfield, Tom Kiat has been elected for the Greens, while Mark Dury will be a Labor councillor. Julie Passas has been elected for the Liberals.
A huge lead for Labor's mayoral candidate Darcy Byrne in the Balmain Ward, will give the party enough votes for a sixth councillor in the Inner West. The Greens and Labor could also pick up an extra seat in Ashfield where both parties have each won over 35 per cent of first preference votes.
Determining the last two councillor positions could take until the end of the week after postal votes are counted. Councillors will be sworn in on September 26.

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Publication: Inner West Times | Section: News | Author: Mick Roberts | Story ID: 131131 | Viewcount: 11257