Cindy McLeigh elected new member for Eildon

Liberal vows to continue “good fight” for electorate

WINNER: Cindy McLeish, former member of Seymour, now represents the voters of the new Eildon electorate.

LIBERAL candidate Cindy McLeish has vowed to “continue the good fight” for her new Eildon electorate, despite her party being swept from power in Saturday’s state election.

Ms McLeish won the new seat of Eildon on preferences, and she is expected to be officially declared the winner, after final vote checking by the Victorian Electoral Commission, by as early as today.

VEC Eildon district election manager Peter Williams told the Courier yesterday that with more than 99 per cent of all 32,537 valid votes counted, two party preferred stood at 54.5 per cent for Ms McLeish and 45.5 per cent for Labor candidate Sally Brennan.

Ms McLeish gained 43.88 per cent of primary votes, while Ms Brennan gained 28.24 per cent.

Mansfield’s Australian Greens candidate Marie Sellstrom polled well with 11.07 per cent of the primary vote.

Despite the new seat o Eildon taking in areas such as Mansfield, which were part of the former Nationals’s stronghold of the state Benalla seat, the party didn’t fare well in the election.

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