The City of Rockingham has elected three new councillors in what has been an election full of surprises and some unexpected delays. Counting began at 6pm on Saturday night, but due to the new preferential voting system the count was only finalised a day later. Rockingham - Safety Bay Ward councillors Craig Buchanan and Mark Jones were re-elected alongside newcomer and former Liberal candidate Peter Hudson. Earlier in the year Mr Hudson ran in the Rockingham by-election to replace Mark McGowan and later had to apologise for texting a constituent urging them to ask Labor’s Magenta Marshall if she intended to resign from Parliament if she fell pregnant. The young Liberal candidate surpassed rival and former councillor Rae Cottam by some 1,101 votes earning a four-year spot at the council table. The Sound Telegraph was unable to reach Mr Hudson for comment. Former Baldivis ward councillor Sally Davies lost her seat to newly elected councillors Kelly Middlecoat and Australian Christians Party State President Mike Crichton. “I am full of excitement at the prospect of contributing to the decision making process and feel extremely proud that Baldivis has trusted me to represent their views,” Ms Middlecoat said. Ms Middlecoat said there were many “highs and lows” throughout the campaign process. “Putting yourself and your views out there for scrutiny can be very confronting, but also very rewarding as it gives you the opportunity to connect with like-minded community members,” she said. “I was not quite expecting the level of support that I garnered which was incredibly humbling.” Ms Middlecoat said she’s most looking forward to having input in the budget setting process to minimise costs where possible and will prioritise improvements to two problematic junctions in Baldivis and seek to repeal the Legal Representation Policy. Similarly Mr Crichton said he was incredibly honoured by the support he has received. “I am feeling very honoured that people of Baldivis have voted for me in such large numbers.... there is a lot for me to learn and I am enthusiastic to make a contribution,” he said. “The entire campaign process has been a great learning experience understanding what is important to people in their area. “I am hoping to make a difference through making decisions that impact our community for the better, now although that can seem like the classic clique, that’s the truth. “As far as priorities go, I am keen to explore improvements in community safety and community development.” Mr Crichton thanked his wife for her support throughout the campaign and everyone who voted. Lorna Buchan was also re-elected as councillor for the Comet Bay Ward and will be among the six council candidates to be sworn in to council, October 31.