John Piper and Jo Mackay, the two Boorowa-based candidates, look set to become Hilltops councillors after a strong showing in the local government election.
As of Wednesday morning, Alison Foreman led the count with 1500, or 16.23 per cent of the 9,193 total formal votes counted.
Incumbents Margaret Roles and Matthew Stadtmiller were running second and third, with 1211 and 1204, or 13.10 per cent and 13.03 per cent of the votes respectively.
Brian Ingram was sitting in fourth place on 9.47 per cent or 875 votes.
Mr Piper was placing fifth with 787 of the formal votes counted so far, just ahead of Ms Mackay on 690 votes.
Ms Foreman, Ms Roles, Mr Stadtmiller, Mr Ingram and Mr Piper were all above the progressive quota of 771 votes.
Incumbent Tony Flanery was in seventh place on 634 votes while Mary Dodd was in eighth on 457 votes.
Tony Hewson was close behind in ninth place with 422 votes while incumbent Greg Armstrong was in tenth with 395.
Incumbent John Horton rounded out the 11 council spots with 372 votes, and while Patrick Fitzgerald and John Niven are currently in 12th and 13th respectively, there were ivote and declaration votes still to be counted and preferences to be allocated.
Boorowa residents came out in force on Saturday to show their support for Mr Piper and Ms Mackay, who received 275 and 219 votes respectively at the polling booth at Boorowa Central School.
The next closest candidate was Mr Stadtmiller with 47 votes.
The Boorowa pair also received plenty of support in Rye Park - Ms Mackay got 44 votes and Mr Piper received 31, the only candidates to hit double digits at the booth.
Plenty of residents also took the opportunity to pre-poll, with Ms Mackay receiving 186 and Mr Piper getting 169 out of 434 total formal votes counted.
Looking across the Hilltops local government area (LGA), it seems voters preferred candidates from their respective towns and villages.
Both Mr Stadtmiller and Mr Flanery did particularly well at the Murrumburrah Public School polling location, as well as the Harden pre-poll voting.
Ms Foreman, Ms Roles and Mr Ingram, all from Young, received plenty of support from their hometown, topping the polls at Young North Public, Young Public School, Young Town Hall and the Young pre-poll.
There was a mix of results for various candidates across polling booths in the LGA's villages.
In Bribbaree, John Niven received the most support with 27 votes, ahead of Brian Ingram (28) and Alison Foreman (7).
Matthew Stadtmiller topped the vote in Jugiong, with Tony Flanery (27) in second place and Marg Roles (15) in third.
In Koorawatha, Mr Piper placed first with 22 votes ahead of incumbent Greg Armstrong (17) and there were 15 votes each for Ms Roles, John Horton and Mr Stadtmiller.
Murringo lent its support to Ms Roles (25), narrowly ahead of Mr Stadtmiller (23) and Ms Foreman and Mary Dodd, both with 16 votes.
Mr Stadtmiller led the way in Wombat ahead of Ms Roles (25) and Mr Flanery (20).
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