Latest figures in for the Ryde electorate show Ryde MP Victor Dominello has achieved a crushing defeat of Labor mayor Jerome Laxale with 60 per cent of the vote on a two-party preferred basis.
Mayor Laxale conceded defeat an hour ago via Facebook saying:
“So tonight didn’t turn out that great but I am proud that we gave it our all.
“Congrats to Victor Dominello on his victory tonight. Ryde has backed him and I respect that decision.
“Our campaign was supported by my family, volunteers and members of our local community. For their countless hours on booths, doorknocking and on the phones, I thank them.
“Tonight isn’t that bad though, the kids baked me a lovely red cake and I’m feeling the love.”
Mayor Laxale’s Facebook concession of defeat: