Vallois tops the Senatorial poll – and Mézec clings on to his political career
TRACEY Vallois became the first woman in 30 years to top the Senatorial poll while it was a long night for Reform Jersey chairman Sam Mézec who narrowly claimed a seat in the new Assembly.
Not only did Senator-elect Vallois come first in the Islandwide poll but Senator-elect Kristina Moore came a close second.
Chief Minister Ian Gorst was down in sixth place at the end of the night behind John Le Fondré, Lyndon Farnham and Steve Pallett. Senator Sarah Ferguson came in seventh.
However, one of the biggest stories of the night came as Reform Jersey chairman Sam Mézec saw his political career flash before his eyes before narrowly claiming the last of the eight Senatorial seats.
The final results came in shortly after 3 am - with Senator-elect Mézec overhauling a large deficit in his St Helier home district to oust Moz Scott from the final Senatorial seat.
As the results trickled in across the Island, there were wild celebrations for some and desperate disappointment for others.
There will be a total of 18 new faces in the States when the Assembly reconvenes after a large number of current politicians opted not to seek re-election. Just two serving politicians though lost their seats.
Deputy Simon Brée will be regretting the gamble to give up his Deputy seat to seek an Islandwide mandate. He finished in 11th place in the Senatorial polls.
And long-serving St Mary Constable Juliette Gallichan narrowly lost her seat by just 25 votes. Her 13-year tenure in the States came to an end at the hands of former parish Deputy John Le Bailly.
Mrs Gallichan was first elected to the States in 2005 – initially as parish Deputy before taking over as Constable in 2008.
In the Senatorial races, Deputy Tracey Vallois was the big winner – topping the poll across the Island while second-placed Deputy Kristina Moore refused to rule out a challenge for the Chief Minister's job but admitted that she had always been a supporter of current incumbent Senator Ian Gorst.
Before last night, Senator Gorst and Senator Lyndon Farnham – who finished fourth and sixth respectively – had expressed their interest in the Chief Minister's job. However, the strong performances of Senators-elect Moore, John Le Fondré and Tracey Vallois may have muddied the waters.
Deputy Le Fondré said he would consider putting himself forward for the top role and his third-placed performance in the Senatorial election will have boosted his claim.
With so many serving States Members stepping down, there are a host of new faces in the next Assembly.
St Peter was the first parish to declare with newcomer Rowland Huelin claiming the vacant seat.
In St Helier, the three sitting Deputies in St Helier No 1 – Judy Martin, Russell Labey and Scott Wickenden all regained their seats while Reform Jersey claimed all three seats in St Helier No 2 – current Deputy Geoff Southern topping the poll alongside newcomers Rob Ward and Carina Alves.
In St Helier No 3/4 Deputies Richard Rondel and Mike Higgins both retained while newcomers Mary Le Hegarat and Steve Ahier claimed the vacant seats.
St Lawrence will have two new Deputies – Kirsten Morel and Gregory Guida – while there will also be new Deputies in Trinity, St Brelade No 1, St Saviour No 1 and No 3, St Clement and St John.