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After a five-year wait, Tamworth finally elected a new board. The result will start to fall from Saturday evening, but final results are expected to be delayed by coronavirus restrictions in counting rooms. Volunteers ditched their unpaid Saturday in the name of local democracy, as candidates gave voters a last-minute wake-up call before the polls close tonight. Only one thing was missing: the smell of democracy sausage. One of the few fundraisers the chief found on Saturday was at Tamworth High School, where a group of prefects raised money for the local school. READ MORE: This was the very first election for Grade 12 counselor and HISHE professor Steve Lasscock. Mr. Lasscock was well prepared to cook hundreds of bacon and spring rolls. It sees election day as a great opportunity to earn money for school. “If you are in charge of the age group that is lucky enough to have an election, that’s great news for the school,” he said. The group of prefects of the year 12 was not the only one to give up its Saturday in the name of democracy. Gloria Williamson wore a Labor Party shirt for four hours and handed out voting cards for the Tamworth City Council ticket. She was one of the few people who did not run for office and had nothing to personally gain from the result to give her time on Saturday at the Tamworth High School booth. This longtime volunteer has dedicated 11 years of her time to various charitable causes and believes that elections are just another way to help. “I like to help in any way I can,” she said. “Work is for ordinary people. I have always voted Labor. Cr Russell Webb said it was the first election he had attended without volunteers handing out voting cards. With restrictions keeping voters 100 yards from voting booths, many volunteers and candidates decided the best solution was to simply be visible and available for questions closer to the entrance. “It was very fair and friendly throughout the process,” said Cr Webb. ‘”I have to say that today and even yesterday everyone is a little irritable because they start to worry that they have done enough, are they going through what they need to to cross?” The sentiment among supporters and among advisers was almost amicable, one of his supporters said. Support local news that keeps you informed – subscribe today. Helen Hystek surmised that it was the hardships of COVID-19 that brought all the candidates together in the face of a common enemy. She said she was excited about the prospect of a truly united local government. Cr Webb said applicants appreciate the effort of the volunteers and would not go far without them. But you can find yourself after the election answering phone calls from dozens or even hundreds of supporters. “It sometimes makes it difficult when you’re trying to deliver to these people,” he said. “It is difficult to achieve all the things that you would like to achieve. Sometimes you don’t achieve all of these things and then it feels like you maybe let some down. In the big picture, whatever you can do is your best. “Have your say, send letter to editor. Candidate Mark Rodda had the most visible presence at the booths visited by the chef, with two or three volunteers working out of several. One of them was Adam Straub, who was making his second effort after volunteering for Cr Rodda in 2016. “It’s volunteering, I guess. We only do it because we want to do it, “he said. Mr Straub said he was going to spend five or six hours on it on Saturday because Cr Rodda is” just a normal guy ” “He’s just a normal guy I think, just a normal family man, you can relate to him I guess,” he said. “That’s probably the main reason.” Our reporters are working. hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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