Anthony 'Mario' Nicholls says he is looking forward to the opportunity of being a councillor after winning the Ceduna District Council supplementary election this week.
Mr Nicholls was vying for the position alongside former councillor Ken Maynard, to replace councillor Ian Macgowan who left the role earlier this year.
Of the 937 formal votes accepted - a return of 44.18 per cent of enrolled voters - 591 voted for Mr Nicholls, with Mr Maynard receiving 346 votes.
Mr Nicholls said he had a good feeling about the outcome.
"I am very happy to have won the vote," he said.
"I had a good vibe all the way along and I am happy with the outcome of the election.
"I am looking forward to working with the people in the Ceduna district, and the rest of the council."
Mr Nicholls said he had not done anything out of the ordinary in the lead-up to the election, but believed being "out and about" and his lifelong tie to the district was a positive.
He said he was excited for the opportunity to do his bit for the community, citing communication with residents as a key.
"I'd like to bring to the council a clear channel of communication for ratepayers and residents," Mr Nicholls said.
"There's a lot of negativity out there and a lot of people think the council is something of a secret service, and I want people better informed with what is happening in the district, and to get involved with decisions.
"I also think it is important that we tidy some areas up in the town, like parks and gardens - we want the town to look nice to get tourists to come in and stay for a few days."
Mr Nicholls said he was ready to get started at next week's final council meeting for 2019.
"I am looking forward to the role," he said.
"I've had comments that it is a sea of change in council, I'm easily approachable and want to community to feel free to ask any questions or relate any issues to me."