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Preliminary results for the Cromwell Community Board by-election resulted in Mr Scott being named the successful candidate, with 1086 votes.

The postal vote closed at noon on Friday and two candidates Mr Scott and David George, who received 666 votes to fill the seat on the board left vacant after the shock resignation of sitting member Robin Dicey in April.

Mr Scott said he was honoured to have been elected.

“I believe those who voted for me did so because they believe I have the enthusiasm and passion to make a difference.”

He praised Mr George for conducting a “dignified campaign” and hoped he would continue his efforts to remind everyone of the history and heritage of the region and its people.

He believed his mandate was clear.

“I want to make sure that planned growth in the Cromwell area is managed so that everyone’s aspirations can be met.

“I want to ensure that the council retains the that Cromwell is known for in existing and future developments and the retention of the Cromwell Golf Club in its existing location.”

He also wanted to help with the speedy replacement of the Memorial Hall with a purpose built cultural and arts centre, able to be adapted for many purposes and to also retain its original function as a Memorial Hall.

“I believe also that the council should engage with town planners to quickly resolve the problem of the outdated town centre mall.”

Cromwell Community Board candidate David George. PHOTO: SHANNON THOMSON

Mr George said he was disappointed with the result and there was work to do regarding Cromwell.

“Beside the big-ticket item, the Memorial Hall, Cromwell has a lot of catching up to do.”

It worried him there would not be a concerted effort to upgrade amenities to meet the needs of a growing population, especially the younger population.

“To activate this I encourage people to register and to vote.”

Central Otago District Council chief executive Sanchia Jacobs said the voter response rate for the Cromwell ward was just under 28%, or 1780 votes.

Three votes were classed as “informal” and 25 were returned blank.

There were four special votes still to be processed, earlier this week.