Golder leading in Maranoa and McVeigh to retain Western Downs

Maranoa and Western Downs local government election count progressing

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Maranoa Regional Council Mayor Tyson Golder and Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh are set to retain their roles.

Maranoa Regional Council Mayor Tyson Golder and Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh are set to retain their roles.

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Local government election count progressing in the Maranoa and Western Downs.

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Maranoa Regional Council Mayor Tyson Golder has warded off a challenge from former mayor Rob Laughnan in the local government election.

With 51.18 per cent of the unofficial preliminary vote counted, Cr Golder has attracted 68.24pc or 2969 votes.

Rob Laughnan sits on 19.49pc or 848 votes, while David Schefe has received 12.27pc or 534 votes.

This will be Cr Golder's second term as mayor, after he was elected with 58pc of the vote in 2016.

Cr Golder and his wife Natalie own the Golders clothing and workwear franchise and he is an advocate for creating employment opportunities in the region.

In the Western Downs, where 49.39pc of the vote has been counted, incumbent mayor Paul McVeigh has romped it in.

Cr McVeigh is leading against challenger Glenn Strandquist, with 73.51pc or 7981 votes. Mr Strandquist sits on 26.49pc or 2876 votes.

Like Cr Golder, this will be Cr McVeigh's second term as mayor.

He has lived in the region for 50 years, is part of a family farming enterprise, and was formerly the director of Cotton Seed Distributors.

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