James Hansen humbled by massive win in division one

SUNDAY 12.20PM: DIVISON one winner James Hansen has been left "humbled" by his thumping win over sole challenger Les Gallagher.

Cr Hansen, who is the incumbent, has 89.47% of the vote with seven of the 16 polling booths counted.

He said it was satisfying to know he had the support of the community.

But, that did not mean he was not ready to get to work.

"I am certainly going to put the motion up to rescind the sports precinct," he said.

The controversial $50 million sports precinct slated for Hervey Bay has been a talking point of the election campaign and has divided both candidates and community.

Cr Hansen said he was also keeping an eye on the mayoral race which has come down to a tight match between incumbent mayor Gerard O'Connell and division three councillor Chris Loft.

"I think it looks like Chris Loft," he said.

"With the preference deal done with (mayoral candidate) Steve Coleman many are going to Cr Loft."

The Chronicle asked whether Cr Hansen would prefer working with Cr O'Connell or Cr Loft as mayor.

"I have always got on very well with Chris Loft," he said.

Cr Hansen said he was also keeping an eye on the tight races in divisions two and six.

UPDATE 10.20PM:  James Hansen's confidence was not misplaced - with nearly half of the votes counted in Division 1, he is leading with a massive 89.9% of the vote. Looks like we will be seeing more of Cr Hansen.

The only other candidate, Les Gallagher, has 10.1% of the vote with 313 ticking against his name out of 3259 votes counted so far.

UPDATE 12.15PM: Incumbent division one councillor James Hansen was feeling quietly confident at the polls on Saturday morning.

Cr Hansen would not be drawn on who he would vote for mayor but did say he voted no in the state referendum.

The rural councillor was handing out how to vote cards at Sunbury State School this morning.

Check out what he had to say.

EARLIER: RURAL councillor James Hansen has one challenger in the form of climate sceptic Les Gallagher.

Mr Gallagher is standing against Cr Hansen with a promise to change the council's dangerous dog laws.

Cr Hansen is a former Woocoo Shire councillor and has been on the Fraser Coast Regional Council since 2012.

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For a full list of candidates in all divisions, click here.



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