Gingin’s Morton, Rule, Lobb, Johnson elected

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James Morton, Kim Rule, Jacqui Lobb and Frank Johnson are the successful candidates in the Shire of Gingin local government election.

JAMES Morton has secured 22.8 per cent of votes in the Shire of Gingin local government election ensuring he wins one of the four seats up for grabs in yesterday’s election.

With 1253 votes Mr Morton was 53 votes in front of Kim Rule who with 1200 votes won 21.8 per cent of the total vote.

Jacqui Lobb also secured a seat after winning 843 votes (15.3 per cent).

The final seat went to Frank Johnson, who with 778 votes won 14.1 per cent of the total votes.

Former councillor Michael Aspinall with 690 votes was unsuccessful in his bid to win another four-year term.

The new councillors have been elected for four years, which means their positions become vacant in 2021.

Shire of Gingin councillors at a special meeting on Tuesday, October 24, will in accordance with the Local Government Act 1995, hold a vote to determine who will be the shire’s new president.

The council’s agenda said the election of the shire president will be the first item of business at the meeting followed by the election of a deputy president.

The councillors will also appoint members to the council’ s committees including the bushfire advisory committee and representatives to a number of external bodies.