Vote 1 campaign paying off for Cr Peter Cox in Division 3

SATISFIED but still a little nervous.

Compared to the 13-day wait four years ago Division Three councillor Peter Cox is a little more comfortable this time around, as pre-poll and postal votes are counted up to determine the winner.

It appears Cr Cox will retain his seat, the preference deal between Andrew Champion and Steve Barclay at this appearing to be negated by a strong Vote One campaign run by Cr Cox.

Based on overnight trends the former real estate agent will ward off the challenge and take his chair at the next official ordinary council meeting in April.

"It clearly depends on how the preferences flow," Cr Cox told the Daily yesterday.

"I'm very satisfied with the primary vote.

"Obviously I'm a bit nervous with the preferences."

But it's quiet confidence from Cr Cox, who looks likely to have defeated a former Caloundra City Councillor in Champion and a former policeman and planning and environment lawyer in Barclay.

"I knew I'd worked damn hard for the community for the past four years," Cr Cox said.

"My philosophy's always been just do your job, get on with it."

He said he was surprised at the calibre of the candidates against him who thought they could do a better job than he was at present.

Cr Cox had more than 40% of the primary vote as of yesterday, but had recorded strong numbers throughout counting yesterday, the Caloundra pre-poll figures appearing very strong for the sitting councillor.

He scored 1659 of 3457 formal votes registered in one of the Caloundra pre-poll counts recorded yesterday afternoon.

"I think that does show the community has confidence in this council delivering upon its agenda," he said.

"It's great for the confidence of this council knowing we have that support."

And as for the current waiting game, Cr Cox said any result known sooner than the 13 days he waited in 2012 would be a "huge relief".

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