Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Antoniolli to Deliver Goods; New Mayor Keen for Work with Karina by His Side

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Antoniolli to Deliver Goods; New Mayor Keen for Work with Karina by His Side

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JOEL

GOULD

joel.gould@qt.com.au

A NEW way forward for Ipswich with a new mayor and mayoress that come as a package deal.

That is the upshot of the 2017 mayoral by-election with Cr Andrew Antoniolli set to become the new Ipswich mayor with his wife Karina by his side as a supportive mayoress.

At the close of the count yesterday Cr Antoniolli was on 32,354 votes (34.67%) with an unassailable lead over Acting Mayor Paul Tully on 28,789 votes (30.86%).

Postal votes are still to be counted and preferences allocated, but they will not change the fact that Cr Antoniolli is destined to be declared mayor.

Yesterday Cr Antoniolli paid tribute to the contribution his wife had made to his political career.

"Any husband that tells you that you don't need the support of your wife in the job that you do is kidding themselves," he said.

"As a councillor for the last 17 years, having the support of my wife has been essential."

Mrs Antoniolli said she had "always been proud" of her husband.

"It is probably no secret that I am his biggest fan," she said.

The QT asked Karina what sort of mayor Andrew would be.

"He is going to be true to his word and he is going to be very transparent and have the open door policy he's promised the whole way through," she said.

"He will be approachable. Anyone can come to him with anything. He'll rock it."

The ebb and flow of election campaigns do not always go the way candidates want, but the duo has worked together as a team.

"The whole thing has been a roller coaster of emotions and no-one can say that doubts don't creep in when you have something this huge happening in your life," Karina said.

"But we both complement each other, lifted each other up and boosted each other when we needed to.

"We maybe gave each other a kick in the butt when we needed to, and this is the result. …

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