Brayden Mann is the talk of the town after receiving a whopping 1206 first preference votes to become elected as a councillor of the City of Victor Harbor.
He more than doubled the quota required to be elected and the 20-year-old said he was shocked when he heard how many votes he polled.
“I was at a young adults volleyball event for the Impact Church when I first heard of the amount of votes I received. I could not believe it and was shocked,” Brayden said.
Brayden said it was like “the perfect storm” for him to be elected, as the timing was right, due to the way the council had performed during the last term.
“The community had gathered a lot of interest in the council over the past four years. Some interest was for the wrong reason. The community want a council which will work for the community and my whole intention is to serve it and that has been my message,” he said.
“It is a privilege to serve on council and I do not want to take it for granted.
“We must listen to the people out in the community, our groups, and this will shape what we need to do.
“Then as a councillor we must work with council staff to achieve good results for our community.”
Brayden certainly appreciates the respect his family is held in Victor Harbor and this respect may have played a role in the number of votes he received.
“My family is passionate about Victor Harbor and this has rubbed off on me and I look forward to the next four years,” he said.
Brayden is currently a third year Law and International Relations student and his picture can be seen on many billboards around Adelaide promoting Finders Law.
However, right now, in the afterglow of the local government election, he is the poster boy of the City of Victor Harbor and has a vision for the city, which will be worth following over the next four years.
At his first council meeting on Monday, November 19, Councillor Brayden Mann handled himself like a veteran campaigner. It was induction night and councillors were assigned some committee responsibilities.
Cr Mann did not miss a step accepting a nomination to be council’s proxy on the Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority.
Nominated elected member for the Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority is Councillor Tim Glazbrook, who Cr Mann will support.
It is a privilege to serve on council and I do not want to take it for grantedBrayden