Wendt wins election

Somerset’s new mayor is Jason Wendt, pictured with wife Laurisa. Picture: FILE

After two decades under the leadership of Graeme Lehmann, Jason Wendt will take over as Somerset Regional Council’s new mayor.

Sitting councillors Cr Wendt and Sean Choat both threw their hat in the ring, receiving 60.6 per cent and 39.4 per cent of the vote respectively, as of 4pm on 17 March.

Cr Wendt said he was humbled by the result which was greater than he expected.

His first priority is to establish good communication between the council and the people.

“As we went around that was the overwhelming negative that we heard,” he said.

“So getting back to the people and actual communication on the ground, in their towns.

“That’s the big change that I want to start with.”

He is excited to work with his fellow councillors, both new and returning, who he said were all ‘very keen’.

“I’m very excited by their enthusiasm to make change,” he said.

“The existing councillors definitely need to teach the new councillors in respect of legal obligations, but I think the new councillors will always come in with objective fresh eyes and question why things are done the way they’re done.”

Cr Wendt thanked his family and friends who helped him at the polling booths.

Outgoing councillor Sean Choat thanked the people who voted for him on 16 March and all who supported him during his tenure.

“It’s certainly been a great honour and a privilege to serve as a Somerset councillor over the past eight years,” he said.

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