UPDATE: Maddern leads Truscott by 26 votes in division two

MONDAY 8.25AM: FORMER Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern has gained a miniscule lead over incumbent Phil Truscott in the tussle for division two.

At the last count, Ms Maddern had 1,020 votes compared to Cr Trustcott's 994 - a margin of just  26 votes.

Their closest challenger Gordan Dale also remains within spitting distance of the top two with 815 votes.

Michael Weekes rounds out the field with 430 votes.

About 47% of the votes have been counted with nine of the 16 booths reporting.

Of those votes 147 have been cast as informal.

Counting will continue on Monday.

SUNDAY 12.25PM: THE race for division two is still far too close to call with less than 100 votes separating the top two.

Incumbent councillor Phil Truscott is leading the race with 972 votes compared to 890 votes for former LNP Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern.

Cr Truscott said he was feeling confident.

"I have always been confident," he said.

"There is still pre-polling and preferences to go."

But, Ms Maddern was feeling the opposite.

"It's a bit more difficult (to feel confident) when you are coming from behind," she said.

Ms Maddern said she felt it was hard to say what would happen.

Seven of the 16 polling booths have been counted.

Gordan Dale is in third place with 617 votes compared to Michael Weekes on 384.

In the mayoral race Cr Truscott made his feelings quite clear about who he thought should be mayor out of incumbent Gerard O'Connell and division three councillor Chris Loft.

Cr Truscott said he would work with whoever became mayor.

Bur, he said he felt Cr Loft being in front was not ideal.

"The way he has treated other people, he is not the sort of person - what is he going to do to the council if he is leader," he said.

UPDATE 10.30PM: CANDIDATES are neck and neck in division two with less than 100 votes separating the top two candidates.

Incumbent Phil Truscott has 927 votes compared to former LNP Member for Maryborough Anne Madder who has 855 votes.

The next closest rival is Gordon Dale on 593 votes.

Michael Weekes rounds out the field with 366 votes.

UPDATE 6.50PM: The first results for division two are in.

Former LNP Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern has taken a narrow lead with 42% compared to incumbent councillor Phil Truscott on 38%.

Gordan Dale is in third place with 16% and Michael Weekes rounds out the pack on 4%.

Just one of the six divisional booths have reported.

UPDATE 4PM: Candidate for Division Two  Michael Weekes has thrown his support behind mayoral candidate Jannean Dean.

Mr Weekes told the Chronicle he thought Ms Dean would be best for the region.

The candidate said he was also against fixed-four year terms for state politicians.

Mr Weeks was handing out how to vote cards in Tinana and said reaction so far today had been positive.

EARLIER: FORMER State MP Anne Maddern, Gordon Dale and Michael Weekes all want councillor Phil Truscott's job.

Cr Truscott has been the division two councillor since 2012.

The division is the largest of the region, stretching from Tinana to Glenwood.

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



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