After Mary Durkan topped the poll on Friday in the Foyleside DEA in her first foray into politics, Sinead McLaughlin was also going before the electorate for the first time.
And it was a resounding success in Waterside for the former president of Derry Chamber of Trade when Mrs McLaughlin polled 1,483 first preference votes – comfortably suprassing the 1,245 quota.
Also elected is the formr DUP Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Hilary McClintock.
She polled 1,250 first preference votes – passing the quota by five votes.
Topping the poll in Waterside is Darren Ross Guy for the Ulster Unionist Party who received 1,589 first preference votes.
There are now four seats up for grabs in Waterside with the SDLP’s Martin Reilly currently in fourth place with 939 first preference votes.
Also polling strongly are the DUP’s David Ramsey (839 votes) and Sinn Fein’s Christopher Jackson (825 votes).
But it will all be down to the transfers during next stages of the count process to see who can get to the quota first.