Broughton retains mayoralty
by Mike Isle
Mayor Sam Broughton returns for a second term thanks to an election night majority twice that of his 2016 winning margin.
Preliminary results released on Sunday show Broughton receiving 11,920 votes, 7,483 votes ahead of his rival Bill Woods and more than twice that of his 2016 election count of 4,892.
Broughton told The Record that he is “stoked”, and it is great to have the support of the community.
“I feel very privileged to serve the Selwyn community as mayor, and it is great to have the consistency and continuity to carry on the work we are doing,” he said.
Broughton said his focus in his second term would start with meeting all his councillors one on one and understanding what their shared priorities are.
“Then the focus will be on delivering the specific projects we have already begun and budgeted for and there will be some new stuff coming up too, centred around tourism and the growth of Selwyn.”
He said it was important that the district council keeps costs in line with what it has signalled to ratepayers.
When he was elected in 2016, Broughton was, at 35, one of New Zealand’s youngest mayors. During his first term, he oversaw an $80 million-plus annual budget. His provisional winning margin in 2019 is the largest in Selwyn’s history.
Based on the preliminary results, current councillors Jenny Gallagher, Nicole Reid, Murray Lemon, Mark Alexander, Jeff Bland, Grant Miller, Malcolm Lyall, Bob Mugford and Debra Hasson are all provisionally returned. Newcomer Shane Epiha represents the Ellesmere ward, while the fourth seat in the Selwyn Central ward is still up for grabs with only 104 votes separating election night winner Michelle Jones from Sophie McInnes and Calvin Payne.
Final results are expected on Thursday.
Overall, there were 16,868 votes cast, which represents 41.86% of eligible voters, down on the 2016 figure of 44.55%.
The ward scoring the highest turnout was Malvern with 51.80%, followed by Springs (42.50%), and Ellesmere (42.37%). The lowest turnout was recorded in Selwyn Central with 37.63%.