PETER Johnston has been elected as the new councillor for Carrick Castle District Electoral Area on Mid & East Antrim Borough Council.
The by-election was called following the death of Cllr Jim Brown (Independent).
The 28-year-old DUP representative’s election was confirmed on Friday.
Councillor Johnston is the son-in-law of South Antrim DUP MP Paul Girvan.
The councillor polled 1,106 first preference votes ahead of the Ulster Unionist John McDermott on 668; Alliance’s Lauren Gray on 556; Si Harvey of the Democrats and Veterans Party with 448 and the Independent Will Sibley on 71 votes.
Councillor Johnston said: “Having lived, worked and studied in Carrickfergus for most of my life, I take pride in my town and the people who live here.
“As a father and a local businessman, I want to see Carrickfergus transformed into a town where new jobs, opportunities and investment are the norm.”
The number of total votes polled was 2,873 – a turnout of 21.8%.
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DUP Leader Arlene Foster congratulated Peter Johnston on not only winning the Carrick-Castle by-election but increasing the DUP’s vote share in the area by 11% and gaining the DUP an additional seat on the council.
Mrs Foster said: “This was Peter’s first election but it was evident on the doorsteps that people warmed to his youth, vision and enthusiasm for the area.
“It is not easy for anyone to place their name on a ballot paper but it is especially great to see young people stepping forward.
“To top the poll is a massive achievement and vote of confidence in Peter. I also thank the people of Carrickfergus who recognised that Peter had the best plan for their area and backed the DUP’s track record of delivery in the Council.”
Cllr Johnston added: “Thank you to the 1,106 people who gave me their first preference vote. I will seek to repay that trust as their advocate in the Council. I will stand up for the area, speak up for the area and seek to improve Carrickfergus for those who live and work in the town.
“To those who didn’t feel able to vote for me on this occasion, between now and the Local Government election in May, I will dedicate myself to winning your support by building a reputation of hard work and delivery on local issues.”