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Business owner Ryan Hamilton announced new Hamilton City councillor

Apr 11

A long afternoon culminated in a new career for Ryan Hamilton, after preliminary results named him Hamilton’s newest city councillor.

The 38-year-old local business owner and Hamilton Christian Night Shelter trustee won 1931 votes in the Hamilton East by-election, 400 ahead of runner-up Michael West.

But it wasn’t for a lack of trying. This was Hamilton’s seventh attempt at joining the council table.

“I first campaigned nearly 14 years ago. It’s been a bit of a journey,” he said.

“Either I’m crazy or bloody determined, and I guess there’s a fine line between the two.”

Rounding out the top ranked was Maxine​​ van Oosten​ with 1357 votes, Meleane​ Burgess with 1064 and Peter Humphreys with ​1024.

The official result will be declared on Wednesday, and Hamilton will be sworn in on Thursday before getting straight into council matters at a Finance Committee meeting.

“I’m really excited. Obviously I’ve got a lot to learn in terms of processes and things. It’ll be a neat opportunity and I’ve got a lot of energy and passion,” Hamilton said.

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