Philip Penfold wins Maitland mayoral race over Labor's Loretta Baker

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
Updated December 21 2021 - 4:50am, first published December 20 2021 - 11:46pm
Philip Penfold handing out how-to-vote cards on election day.

Independent Philip Penfold has claimed victory in the Maitland mayoral race over incumbent Loretta Baker.


Michael Parris

Michael Parris


Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his stories about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has covered NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.

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