THE sole female director on the Albury Racing Club board of management has missed out on an automatic return in the recently completed election.
Ann McHardy, who was the first woman elected to the committee in the club’s 130-plus year history in 2014, finished seventh in the election which was required when nominations exceeded positions available.
But there is still hope she will be returned to the 10-member board with four independent directors to be appointed by Racing NSW in coming weeks.
The six successful candidates were chairman Mark Cronin, Rod Mullavey, Gerald Judd, Richard Sloane, Geoff Miller and Glenn Chapman.
Mr Cronin scored the most votes with 110 from Mr Mullavey on 104 with election results revealed on Monday.
Also, unsuccessful in the initial election were Steve Stewart, Michael Dyordyevic and Paul Spencer.
Craig Sheather didn’t seek re-election.
Ms McHardy, the chief executive of Albury Day Surgery, couldn’t be contacted for comment.
Wodonga and District Turf Club doesn’t have any female representation on its present board line-up.
The three directors whose three-year terms expired this year, Bryan Flanagan, Paul Curtis and Reg Ryan, were the only nominations and were re-elected unopposed.
Mr Stewart and Mr Dyordyevic were among the original independent directors appointed by the governing body two years ago.
A three-member selection panel will again be handed the task of interviewing prospective board members to fill the four spots on offer.
Candidates must reside in the Albury local government area and be over 18 years.
Mr Spencer was a former ARC committeeman and also former president of the North Albury Football-Netball Club.
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