Division 9 win for Ireland
SITTING Councillor Sheila Ireland is the winner of the Ipswich City Council election in Division 9.
Ireland overcame the challenge of Darren Baldwin for the seat, winning by 650 votes.
The result means that no sitting councillor has been defeated in Ipswich since 2000.
Shortly after her win, Cr Ireland wrote on QT Facebook:
"Thanks to the residents of division 9 for believing in me. I am truly grateful to serve them again and get to do a job I love every single day. Sincerely thank you!"
On Twitter, rival candidate Jade Connor congratulated Ireland on her re-election, adding "Pleased to have run against you in a clean and respectful campaign."
Division 9 final figures:
- Ireland - 4199
- Baldwin - 3549
More to follow.
Congrats Cr Ireland. Pleased to have run against you in a clean and respectful campaign. @qld_times— Jade Connor (@P0licyScientist) March 31, 2016
EARLIER: Division 9 remains in the balance but sitting councillor Sheila Ireland remains in the box seat with the preference count to start on Thursday.
Cr Ireland holds a 703 vote lead over challenger Darren Baldwin but preferences from third-placed candidate Jade Connor will decide the outcome.
With all 15 booths counted, bar preferences, Cr Ireland was on 3873 votes with Mr Baldwin next on 3170 and Mr Connor on 1961.
It is the preferences of Mr Connor which will decide the outcome.
Election expert Cr Paul Tully explained what was ahead in the tense battle for the division.
"The estimate from scrutineers is that 30 to 40% of voters have expressed a second preference," Cr Tully said.
"If it is only 30% and Sheila got no preferences from Jade Connor, she would still win.
"And if it is 40%, and she got a 10% leakage to her, she would still win.
"In my view the only election in any doubt is in Division 9.
"In Division 3 and 5 where the preferences still have to be counted, it is pretty clear who the winners are going to be."
Cr Tully said there could be a call for a recount which would prolong the result in Division 9 being known for an extra day.