ANDREW SULLIVAN has convincingly won the by-election for Fremantle’s south ward.
The veteran councillor was more than 200 votes ahead of the next candidate, Marija Vujcic, who’d sparked the poll after successfully challenging last October’s result.
But Ms Vujcic’s chances this time round were dented when fellow Fremantle Society member, lawyer Chris Williams, threw his hat into the ring as a third candidate and split the vote.
Between them the pair polled 856 votes, which was exactly what Cr Sullivan scored. But he says even without the split vote, he’s confident he’d have been returned.
“I suspect people who voted for Chris would have been divided about who to vote for had it been a two-horse race,” Cr Sullivan says.
“Marija’s pro-Roe8 bent, alignment with the sailing club and her own controversial development in Commercial Street would have turned many Williams voters off.”
Fremantle Society president John Dowson says having two candidates wasn’t a sign of division, and denied talk he’d been behind Mr Williams’ nomination.