BIG wins at the Bletchington and Orange High School polling booths have incumbent councillor Jason Hamling as the front runner to be Orange's next mayor.
Just over 11000 votes had been counted on Saturday night from total total of 30,109 with Mr Hamling claiming the 21.50 per cent with 2369 votes.
Tony Mileto and Kevin Duffy, also seeking reelection, are next on 17.88 per cent with 1970 votes and 16.73 per cent and 1843 respectively.
After inititally featuring in the top two former councillor and Greens candidate Neil Jones has slipped behind Mr Duffy with 16.23 per cent of the count so far.
Counting will resume on Monday with prepoll, postal and ivotes added to the total.
Cr Hamling took 328 of a total 1533 votes at Bletchington and 376 from 1386 at OHS to have a healthy 22.32 per cent total of the early count.
After a slow start, Mr Jones jumped into contention with a leading share of the count at Orange Public School to be just behind Cr Hamling on 18.36 per cent of the count.
Earlier Cr Tony Mileto polled well at Lucknow, Spring Terrace and Spring Hill and was holding third place with 17.46 with Cr Kevin Duffy next on 15.89.
ORANGE MAYORAL FIRST PREFERENCE VOTES (11,667 votes)
- Jason Hamling - 2369 (21.50 per cent)
- Tony Mileto - 1970 (17.88)
- Kevin Duffy - 1843 (16.73)
- Neil Jones - 1788 (16.23)
- Amanda Spalding - 1523 (13.82)
- Jeffery Whitton - 1031 (9.36)
- Lesley Smith - 495 (4.49)
* 648 informal votes
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