LABOR MP, Leesa Vlahos, was re-elected to represent Taylor for another four years, winning by a whopping 24.6 per cent in the two-party preferred system. Ms Vlahos said it showed voters did not respond to a “negative” campaign against her by Liberal opponent, Alex Hyde.
Material distributed by Mr Hyde targeted Ms Vlahos’ living arrangements following a recent divorce.
“To only have a 0.3 per cent swing against me, I’m very happy with that,” she said,
“I’m glad people saw through the negative attacks on me over the last 10 days.
“People don’t like negative campaigns.
“The Liberal party spent a lot of money on this area, which if they spent in some other places, the result might have been different.”
The support from within the community of Taylor was evident to Ms Vlahos, who expressed her appreciation to continue working with people from the northern areas of Adelaide.
“We’ve achieved so many positive outcomes and good thing in the north over the past four years,” she said.
“We’ve got a lot of things still to achieve in the north.
“We’re stronger when we’re united as a team and I’m very proud to be working on something I love and adore.”
With the electoral boundary redistribution taking Two Wells from the Taylor electorate and placing it in Goyder, Ms Vlahos thanked the community for its support in her tenure as MP for the town.
“I couldn’t have done it without the support of the people of Two Wells and surrounding districts,” she said.
Overall, Ms Taylor attracted 52.3 per cent of the vote, while Mr Hyde picked up 30.7 per cent, Lenny Jessiman (Family First) 10.6 per cent and Kirstan Wahlstrom (Greens) 6.4 per cent.