Becker is weighing up future after disappointing result

Kay Becker is tight-lipped about running in future elections, but says she is keeping her options open.
Kay Becker is tight-lipped about running in future elections, but says she is keeping her options open. Chris Ison

KAY Becker was weighing up her future yesterday after losing the Livingstone Shire Council mayoralty.

She remained tight-lipped about whether or not she would stand for mayor again, but said she was keeping her options open.

Ms Becker, who gave up her position as chief executive of RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue to start her mayoral campaign, said she was slightly disappointed with how the vote went.

In the earlier stages of polling on Saturday, Ms Becker was ahead of Bill Ludwig.

But by Sunday, Mr Ludwig had taken a comfortable stride ahead of Ms Becker.

"The majority of the people in outlying areas in the Livingstone Shire wanted change, but this was a numbers game," she said.

"There are far more people in Yeppoon than there are in the shire itself and that's what it came down to. The campaign was full-on ... you don't do these things for exercise, you go in to win."

Livingstone mayor-elect Bill Ludwig said he knew it was going to be a tough election from day one because 43% of people were unhappy with the de-amalgamation result. He said the final result from the majority on the coast went for experience, which out-weighed the clear protest vote from the areas that were opposed to de-amalgamation.

See more in this week's edition.

Final mayoral tally for council election

Bill Ludwig - 8099 votes: 41.29%

Kay Becker - 7570 votes: 38.59%

Brian Fisher - 3945 votes: 20.11%

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