A “HUMBLED” Steven Griffiths retained the seat of Goyder for another four years, his margin reducing slightly but still finishing comfortably ahead of his challengers.
Mr Griffiths faced a small swing against him on the back of electoral boundary redistributions, which cut the traditional Liberal voting town of Balaklava out of Goyder and added in Two Wells and surrounding districts in.
“To pick up 57 per cent of the vote in Two Wells though, was blooming fantastic,” he said.
The new Goyder community also presents new issues for Mr Griffiths to work on, including the Hickinbotham residential development and the new proposed shopping area.
“The challenge is now before me,” he said.
Mr Griffiths was expecting some difficulties in Yorke Peninsula communities on the back of recent issues, including wind farms and mining leases.
“In those more traditional Liberal areas, there was the suggestion of some challenges but the strong figures coming out of those areas were humbling too,” he said.
As Shadow Regional Development Minister, the possibility of becoming a minister of cabinet should the Liberals win the election is quite high.
Mr Griffiths finished with a 24.8 per cent margin in two-party preferred voting over Labor’s Elyse Ramsay.
Family First candidate, John Bennett, attracted 7.3 per cent of votes in Goyder, while Independent candidate, Bob Nicholls, jagged almost five per cent of the vote in an impressive first up showing.
“Thank you to all voters who exercised their democratic right to vote,” Mr Nicholls said.
“A very special thank you to those who supported my campaign.
“At age 65, I will leave state and federal politics to younger people.
“I will now throw my energies into the Yorke Peninsula Council in my role as an elected member.
“It is my intention to contest the Local Government elections in November. “The experience I have been fortunate to receive during the last weeks I believe will make me a better elected member.”