Richmonds Malcolm Brodie re-elected as mayor

Richmond\s Malcolm Brodie re-elected as mayor
Richmonds Malcolm Brodie projected to win re-election as mayor
Voters in the City of Richmond will have to wait until after midnight to hear unofficial results on the civic election.

That’s because a corrupted memory stick has forced advance votes from a city hall polling station to be counted again.

Results posted so far show incumbent Mayor Malcolm Brodie retaking the job with 29,397 votes, with 43 out of 44 stations reporting.

Six of eight city councillors were also re-elected in a field of 30 candidates, keeping the makeup of council largely unchanged. 

Incumbents councillors Derek Dang and Ken Johnston were defeated and Kelly Greene and Michael Wolfe will be the new faces at the table.

A few hot-button issues fuelled the race for council, including the proliferation of mansions on agricultural land and the influence of developers in a city that has seen rapid growth and urban sprawl.

Complaints about Chinese language signs and so-called birth-tourism also made headlines, but the importance of those issues in terms of voter priorities remained to be tested at the polls.

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