Kerry thanks mentor Victor for support
That was the heartfelt message from new Division 3 councillor to Cr Victor Attwood after her memorable triumph on Saturday night.
For over a decade Ms Silver had worked for the retiring Cr Attwood in his electorate officer at Redbank Plains and he taught her the value of putting the community first.
"Victor Attwood has always been one of those great people in my life who has taught me a lot of things," Ms Silver said.
" He's been more than just a mentor, he's a great friend.
"I've worked on his campaigns since 2003 and he's taught me how to be part of a positive campaign.
"People love the communities they're in but what they're desperately needing is to have them revitalised.
"Victor's put some great projects in place but people are looking for some beautification and parks to be more well maintained."
"I am passionate about recycling and one of my election commitments was to do a recycling tip shop so I'm keen to work with other councillors to move forward with this.
"There are councils that have had these operational for a very long time. Ipswich is 25 years behind the eight ball on it."
Cr Attwood was relieved at the election result and confident Division 3 was now in the right hands and would prosper under Ms Silver's stewardship.
"I think she won because she genuinely cares about people and puts people first, like she said in her campaign slogan," he said.
"For Kerry it wasn't just a slogan. It was a way of life. She knows her division and she knows what the issues are out there.
"Kerry didn't get in the gutter and do gutter politics. She just fought the campaign on the issues and has been rewarded.
"I'm extremely proud of the effort that she put in and the work she did to get elected.
"She entered the campaign late after all of the other candidates. But Kerry has shown a lot of the pundits up who thought that she couldn't do it."