Tasmanian Legislative Council periodic elections, 2007
Periodic elections for the Tasmanian Legislative Council were held on 6 May 2007. The three seats up for election were Montgomery, held by independent MLC Sue Smith; Nelson, held by independent MLC Jim Wilkinson; and Pembroke, held by Labor MLC Allison Ritchie. Montgomery was last contested in 2002, while Nelson and Pembroke were last contested in 2001.
Independent MLC Jim Wilkinson first entered the Council as the member for Queenborough in 1995, successfully transferring to Nelson in 2001. His only opponent was Tom Nilsson of the Tasmanian Greens, an anti-population-growth activist.
|Total formal votes||18,235||97.36||+0.83|
Labor MLC Allison Ritchie had held Pembroke since defeating independent member Cathy Edwards in 2001, in a result attributed to dissatisfaction with Edwards' dual role as MLC and Mayor of Clarence. On her election Ritchie was the youngest member ever elected to the Legislative Council. In 2007 she faced five opponents. The only other party to endorse a candidate was the Tasmanian Greens, who ran protestor and former candidate Neil Smith. The four independents were: Clarence alderman Richard James, a former Liberal and Democrat serial candidate; John Peers, another Clarence alderman; former Clarence alderman David Jackson; and Hobart City Council alderman Marti Zucco.
Ritchie won a majority while there were still three candidates in the count, so a two-party preferred count was not conducted.
|Total formal votes||19,856||96.74||+0.09|
|After distribution of preferences from three excluded candidates|
- Tucker, Peter; Bonham, Kevin (18 April 2007). "Another Leg Council no-brainer". Tasmanian Times. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
- "Division of Nelson". 2007 Legislative Council election results. Tasmanian Electoral Commission. 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
- "Division of Pembroke". 2007 Legislative Council election results. Tasmanian Electoral Commission. 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2013.