The Bridgetown and Greenbushes communities have a handful of fresh faces representing them after three new councillors were voted in at local government elections on Saturday. There was potential for an overhaul of the Shire council in the lead-up to the election with five seats becoming available after Shire president John Nicholas and councillors Joann Moore and Alan Wilson stood down from their positions. The five-seat battle between six candidates saw incumbent councillors Julia Ann Boyle and John Bookless looking to defend their seats against four newcomers in Tracy Lansdell, Sean Mahoney, Amanda Rose and Marta Sandberg. Cr Bookless got away with an early lead as the count began, followed closely by Cr Boyle, Mr Mahoney and Ms Lansdell — as Ms Rose and Ms Sandberg trailed vying for the final seat. There was little movement on the leaderboard throughout the night with the four frontrunners safely elected. Cr Bookless led the votes all night and was re-elected with 1150 votes, while Mr Mahoney (1080), Ms Lansdell (992) and Cr Boyle (946) nabbed the next three seats. Rounding out the council was Ms Rose, who secured 668 votes to Ms Sandberg’s 493. Cr Bookless, who is returning for his second term, was also voted to be the new Shire president after a special council meeting on Monday night, with Mr Mahoney named deputy president.