Update 8.30am Thursday:
The council's Chief Executive Officer Sunil Bhalla thanked all candidates.
"Representing the people of our municipality is a great honour and I congratulate the newly elected Councillors on their success and all candidates for their efforts during the election," Mr Bhalla said in a statement.
"We look forward to working with the new Councillors and helping them serve the community."I'd like to also farewell and thank outgoing Councillors Mark Radford, David Grimble, Pam Clarke, Josh Koenig, Alethea Gulvin and John Robinson for their service."
Update 5pm: Several of Horsham Rural City Council's successful candidates say they will need some time to learn more about each other.
"There were three candidates I've never even met," said Di Bell.
"I think we all have a similar aim, and that is to have good representation in a respectful manner in the chamber. We've just got to be in touch with the community, I'll drive that from my perspective and we'll just see how the cookie crumbles."
Robyn Gulline and Claudia Haenel echoed this sentiment, with Ms Gulline also saying how happy she was four women, a majority on the council of seven, had been elected.
"I think that's a great reflection of our community," Ms Haenel said.
Asked about the majority of councillors being first-time representatives, Ms Haenel said: "It's a new vanguard really, it's exciting. Apart from Les, who has been on before, we are all coming in together and will experience it all for the first time together. Everyone starts at this level in council at some point, and I think we can grow as a team through that process. I'm ready to hit the ground running."
Les Power said: "It will be fantastic to work with the community. It's going to be interesting, that's for sure, but it should be good."
David Bowe said: "I feel like it's a footy premiership at the moment. (It's great) to get the opportunity to representing the Horsham Rural City community."
In a pst on social media, Penny Flynn said: "I look forward to working with the community, congratulate the other six councillors who have been elected and we will see what the future holds for us."
4pm: LONGERENONG, Telangatuk East and St Helen's Plains residents are among the seven people that will represent Horsham Rural City ratepayers for the next four years.
The Victorian Electoral Commission has released the results of the municipality's 2020 Local Government Election this afternoon.
Penny Flynn received the most first-preference votes of the nine candidates with 3034, or 23 per cent.
Also elected were:
The other two candidates at this election were Brian Basham and Robert Redden.
Of those elected, only Les Power has served on the most recent council.
OTHER NEWS TODAY:
A total of 16,206 people were enrolled to vote in Horsham at this election, with 13,185 people voting, or 82 per cent.
A further 164 people did not vote correctly.
If you are seeing this message you are a loyal digital subscriber to the Wimmera Mail-Times, as we made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you very much for your support and allowing us to continue telling the Wimmera's story. We appreciate your support of local journalism.
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.