In Invercargill, interest centred round the mayoral election. Mr W. B. Scandrett sought re-election for a third term, and was opposed by Mr John Stead, who h a s filled many public positions creditably. Mr Stead is a believer in the principle that mayoral honours should go round. iThe result, however, proved that, in this particular case, a majority of the ratepayers think otherwise, for when the numbers were declared Mr Scandrett h a d 1044 votes to his credit as against 520 for Mr Stead. The contest was conducted in a most friendly spirit, and the Returning Officer, Mr T. W. Walker, supervised the arrangements admirably. There were 13 candidates for councillorships, and the twelve elected included all the old members who stood and the following new ones ; Messrs R. B. McKay, R. Galbraith, and C. McDonald. Mr I. L, Petrie, who jiolled 869 votes was not elected, and consoled himself with the reflection, that 3 3 is an unlucky number. Mr D. McFarlane stood at the head of the poll with 1278 votes.
At East Invercargill Mr Baird was elected mayor with 124 votes, Mr J. A. Mitchell, who had hol'd an almost unbeaten record, receiving - S 7 votes.
The contest for the mayoralty of South Invercargill w a s keenly fought and excited great interest. It w a s won by Mr T. A. Cushen, with 436 votes, his opponent, Mr G. R. Hilton, polling 127. Out of seven candidates for the North Ward Messrs • J. Dick, A. Crisp, and W. Lewis wore successful.
A venal, for the first time for a good many years, enjoyed the excitement of a contest for civic honours. For the mayoralty the Hon. H. Feldwick, M.L.C., was opposed by Mr .James Ward, who has held office as a councillor for a considerable period. Mr Ward was elected, obtaining 87 votes, as against 40 recorded for Mr Feldwick. There was also an election of councillors, eleven candidates offering for nine seats. This resulted as under ; R. G ibnour 116 A. .1. Service 116 R. N. Todd 114 Jas. McNcilage 113 B. Bain, senr-, 112 E. R. Stephens 112 E. Russell 109 R. B, Wright 106 J. A. Wesney 106 A. R. Reekie 37 R. Cleave 26 Messrs R. X. Todd, B. Bain, R. B. Wright, J. A. Wesney, and Jas. C. McNcilage are the new members. For Winton, Mr C. D. Moore, the veteran of many hard-fought battles, was opposed by Mr J. M. Kennedy.! who was also nominated a s a councillor, Mr Moore was re-elected mayor by 136 votes to 67. Mr Kemtedy was also deieated ior the council. At the Bluff Mr G. A. Wheal!er was returned for another term as mayor, with 208 votes, his opponent, Mr J. Metzger polling 77,
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Municipal., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 4, 27 April 1907
Municipal. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 4, 27 April 1907
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