Challenger Outerbridge ousts Gosling as Mayor of Hamilton
Thursday, May 10, 2012 11:39 PM
THURSDAY, MAY 10: Challenger Graeme Outerbridge tonight ousted sitting Mayor Charles Gosling in the City of Hamilton.
"Team Hamilton" candidate Mr Outerbridge took 109 votes (55.3 per cent) compared to Charles Gosling's 88 (44.6 per cent).
He is joined by Alderman Gwyneth Rawlins, Donald Smith and Carlton Simmons.
Victors as Common Councillors were Roseann Edwards, lawyer Larry Scott, former PLP MP George Scott and Anthony Davis.
In St George's, sitting Mayor Kenny Bascome held off a challenge from local businessman Alfonso Harris.
The elections were the first held under 2010 changes which created one vote per resident.
Previously, residential taxpayers, business owners and property owners were allowed multiple votes based on how many properties they owned.
Mr Bascome said: "I would like to say thank you to the municipal voters under the new rules - I'm overwhelmed by the support.
"I go down in history as the last Mayor elected under the old system and the first elected under the new one.
"I'd like to say to all the young people out there that if you believe, you can achieve."