Brave cousin in victor’s thoughts

ILONA Legin has never been far from her cousin Ali Cupper’s mind during a nailbiting election campaign that was decided yesterday by little more than a couple of hundred votes.

Ms Legin was grappling with terminal cancer in 2012 when she became a champion of an even bigger fight: for private management of Mildura Base Hospital to end.

Ms Cupper paid tribute to Ilona at an end-of campaign function last night that doubled as a victory party.

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