Bill Ludwig pledges he won't run again for council in 2016
COUNCILLOR Bill Ludwig has run - and seemingly won - the race for Livingstone Shire Council's top job.
But before being officially declared mayor, he has reiterated a pledge that he will not stand for the job again in 2016.
"There was no way I was going to encourage and lead the community without finishing the job and making sure they were in very safe hands," Cr Ludwig said yesterday.
"I will not be a candidate in 2016."
He said he had an "unassailable lead" in the mayoral race after 200 of the 600 outstanding postal votes were counted yesterday.
Kay Becker, his closest rival, clawed back only six votes and still trails by 545.
"While it was highly improbable, now it is totally impossible for me not to win," Cr Ludwig said.
He wants to ensure that when the council comes into being on January 1, it's fully functional and the councillors know their roles and portfolios.
He said there was an air of excitement and anticipation.
"Everyone is saying they can't wait for the new council to get in and start kicking goals again," he said.
Bill Ludwig 8061 (41.32%)
Kay Becker 7516 (38.53%)
Brian Fisher (20.15%)