Arrowtown businessman Scott Stevens says he’s relishing the challenge ahead after winning the Arrowtown by-election by a landslide.
Stevens got 756 votes, Basil Walker 103 votes while Howard Scott, of Dunedin, snaffled a measly 26 votes.
Voter turnout was 46 per cent.
Stevens tells the Otago Daily Times: “I don’t feel daunted. I feel excited.
“I’m under no illusions that coming in mid-term will be difficult, but I also do get the opportunity … to get in there and really just hit the ground running and just get stuck straight into it.
“There won’t be any honeymoon or warm-up period.”
Stevens, who replaces retired councillor Lex Perkins, will be sworn on to the Queenstown Lakes District Council on May 28.
First-time councillor Stevens also hopes his term would be longer than 18 months, signalling his intention to seek re-election next year.
Stevens will celebrate the win this Thursday at the Fork’n Tap in Arrowtown. Members of the community are welcome to join him from 5pm.
Electoral officer Jane Robertson released the provisional results on Friday after voting closed at noon.
Robertson says 14 special votes and 35 ordinary votes delivered by hand yesterday morning had yet to be counted, with the final result expected to be declared early this week.
Otago Daily Times