Wellington City mayoral election, 1915

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Wellington City mayoral election, 1915
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← 1914 8 May 1915 1917 →
Turnout 18,644

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Candidate John Luke Robert Fletcher Charles Henry Chapman
Party Citizens League Independent Social Democrat
Popular vote 9,987 7,525 1,132
Percentage 53.56 40.36 6.07

Mayor before election

John Luke

Elected Mayor

John Luke

The Wellington City mayoral election, 1915 was part of the New Zealand local elections held that same year. In 1915, elections were held for the Mayor of Wellington plus other local government positions including fifteen city councillors. John Luke, the incumbent Mayor, retained office tallying just ten votes fewer than he did two years earlier. The standard first-past-the-post electoral method was used to conduct polling.

Background[edit]

The election was held during World War I, which was the dominant news item of the day. The war was a topic in the election itself, with the current mayor John Luke being a strong supporter campaigning along a 'win the war' line. In stark contrast the Labour movement were opposed to the war, in particular conscription. In mid-1915 the war was still supported by the bulk of the population, thus the Labour mayoral candidate Charles Henry Chapman performing much poorer than expected, when only three years earlier (before the war) Wellingtonians voted in the city's first Labour mayor.[1] The Labour movement had restored some unity between the moderate and militant factions (helped by mutual opposition to conscription) and both factions agreed on a single candidate for the mayoralty, and a reduced but joint ticket for the council. However, the expected nadir in support in the face of jingoistic opponents came to fruition with none of the six Labour candidates elected to the council.[2] This left Alfred Hindmarsh (who was elected to the Wellington Harbour Board) the sole elected Labour representative in Wellington.[3]

Mayoralty results[edit]

Wellington mayoral election, 1915[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Citizens League John Luke 9,987 53.56 +2.27
Independent Robert Fletcher 7,525 40.36
Social Democrat Charles Henry Chapman 1,132 6.07
Majority 2,462 13.20
Turnout 18,644

Councillor results[edit]

Wellington local election, 1915[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Citizens League John Fuller Jr. 10,986 58.92 +8.92
Citizens League George Frost 10,656 57.15 +9.68
Citizens League William Barber 10,609 56.90 +5.56
Citizens League Len McKenzie 10,314 55.32 +9.40
Citizens League Arthur Richmond Atkinson 10,006 53.66 +3.98
Citizens League Robert Alexander Wright 9,860 52.88 +5.19
Independent John Hutcheson 9,115 48.88
Citizens League James Godber 9,008 48.31 +4.99
Citizens League John Fitzgerald 8,605 46.15 +6.88
Citizens League Martin Luckie 7,895 42.34 +3.12
Citizens League William Bennett 7,702 41.31
Citizens League William Thompson 7,491 40.17 -0.42
Citizens League Alexander Veitch 7,355 39.44
Independent William Hildreth 6,584 35.31
Citizens League Thomas Bush 6,379 34.21
Citizens League John Swan 6,160 33.04
Independent Francis MacKenzie 5,594 30.00
Social Democrat Harry Holland 5,484 29.41
Independent John Jenkinson 5,393 28.92
Citizens League Charles Norwood 5,320 28.53
Independent Robert Hall 5,268 28.25
United Labour William Murdoch 5,169 27.72
Social Democrat John Glover 4,741 25.42
United Labour Tom Young 4,644 24.90 +2.71
Independent Daniel Moriarty 4,495 24.10 +7.45
United Labour Edward Kennedy 4,233 22.70 +3.34
Independent Andrew Hornblow 3,243 17.39
Social Democrat John Read 3,186 17.08
Independent William Edwards 3,060 16.41

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gustafson 1980, p. 42.
  2. ^ Betts 1970, pp. 133.
  3. ^ a b c "Wellington City Council". Evening Post. LXXXIX (108). 8 May 1915. p. 8. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 

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