A BIT CASUAL: Michelle Wagner emerged as the dark horse of Saturday’s mayoral race.
A BIT CASUAL: Michelle Wagner emerged as the dark horse of Saturday’s mayoral race. Helen Spelitis

Michelle Wagner responds to mayoral upset

"THE public has spoken. It is what it is."

That was the view of mayoral candidate Michelle Wagner when she found out Matt Burnett was streaks ahead in the earliest results.

When counting stopped at 10pm on Saturday night, Ms Wagner had secured 18.51 percent of the vote, or 5450 compared to Gail Sellers' 6544.

It was a reasonable figure for a candidate who was relatively low profile, spent less than $3000 on her campaign and didn't put out any corflute signs.

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Ms Wagner, best known for her role working with the council as a communications manager, wasn't surprised Matt Burnett took an early lead. She said she was "humbled" with the level of voter support she'd received.

"The public has spoken," she said.

"I hope Matt achieves all the things he has promised everyone in this term of

government," she said.

"Even though I tried my hardest, I knew it would be a challenge.

"Still, I'm very happy with the result and who knows what's next from here."