Hamilton City Council’s East Ward By-Election show voters have elected Ryan Hamilton as their new City Councillor.
Ryan Hamilton is a local business owner and a trustee on the Hamilton Christian Night Shelter Trust.
The official result was declared on February 21 and Mr Hamilton was sworn in at an extraordinary Council meeting on February 22.
The Electoral Officer received 12869 votes, or 23.2 per cent of the 55,512 papers initially issued. This compares with the 35.4 per cent of East Ward papers returned in the 2016 full Council election.
Hamilton City Council’s East Ward By-Election was prompted by the passing of Councillor Philip Yeung on September 30 last year. The By-Election attracted fifteen candidates and was held under the First-Past-the-Post electoral system. The East Ward covers all the city east of the Waikato River and is represented by six Councillors.
Preliminary results show Mr Hamilton received 1931 votes, 396 votes ahead of the second candidate in the 15 person race, Michael West.