In race for mayor, Silver takes gold

By MARY MANN mary.mann@northernstar.com.au

COUNCILLOR John Felsch thought it was his turn to be the mayor of Ballina.

But, to his disappointment yesterday, his fellow councillors didn't agree.

In a race for the position at the shire council's annual mayoral election Cr Phillip Silver beat Cr Felsch for the top spot. In 36 years as a councillor, Cr Felsch had twice narrowly missed out on being elected mayor.

Mayor Silver had no trouble keeping the position, which he has held for the past five years. Councillors voted six-to-three in his favour.

"Can I say how proud I am, and how much I am aware of how many other councillors in this chamber are capable of doing this job," Cr Silver said.

"I'm excited about the next 12 months. There is so much opportunity ahead of us."

A focus for the next 12 months would be to continue laying down a financial base for the community 'to help keep rates low'.

Cr David Wright was also expected to nominate for the top job. However, the public school teacher opted for the deputy position, taking the seat from Cr Sharon Cadwallader.

"If I knew I had the full support of the council I would have run for mayor," he said.

"But I didn't even know if I would have enough support for deputy. I thought Alan Brown would get it.

"I also didn't want to leave my class at Alstonville. The kids are great. But I'm happy about this, it's a good outcome."

Councillors John Felsch, Alan Rich, Alan Brown and Sharon Cadwallader also nominated for the deputy's position.



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