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Stroud bows out, but no mere statistic

THE May 3 local government elections attracted 1210 nominations for 777 positions.

For those into numerology the split between new councillors and re-elected members is no doubt even more intriguing — 333 and 444, respectively.

The total number of voters came in at 332,000 and the combined in-house and postal vote average came in at 28 per cent.

Females nominated for 27 per cent of the 777 positions, but only 12 per cent of those elected were women, according to WA Local Government Association figures.

One woman to miss out was former City of Perth councillor, and one-time deputy Lord Mayor, Tess Stroud.

At 72 years of age, Ms Stroud renominated for a third term, running a comparatively low profile campaign.

The national director for the Stockman’s Hall of Fame remains grateful for support during and since the campaign, but has chosen a “wait and see” attitude on further runs for office.

Those remaining on council qualify for an annual $6,000 in attendance fees and $13,000 for expenses.

The deputy Lord Mayor receives an additional local government allowance of $15,000, and the Lord Mayor, an annual $60,000 allowance.

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