City elects first female mayor in 50 years

NEW LEADER: Lynette Martin OAM has been elected as the city’s first female mayor in 50 years, unseating incumbent Andrew Lee in a landslide victory. She will become only the second female mayor in the city’s history. Picture: BRITTANY DENTON

MOUNT Gambier has elected its first female mayor in more than 50 years, with prominent business leader Lynette Martin OAM unseating incumbent Andrew Lee in a landslide victory.

Ms Martin amassed a convincing 5237 first preference votes – over 63pc of the returned ballots – to defeat Mr Lee on 2028 votes and contender Mark Jones, who secured 662 first-preference votes.

The Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce president is only the second female mayor in the city’s history.

Lenora Bishop was the last woman elected to the high-profile civic position in 1964.

Ms Martin said she was overwhelmed by the result and thanked voters for participating in the democratic process.

“The result is overwhelming and humbling and it will be an honour

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