New councillor carrying out missionary work in India

Cllr Peter Johnston.

MID & East Antrim’s newest councillor Peter Johnston was unable to attend his first meeting of the full council because he was carrying out missionary work in India as part of a previous long-standing commitment.

The news was conveyed to councillors by Deputy Mayor, Cllr Cheryl Johnston, who said she looked forward to her party colleague joining the Council upon his return from Asia.

Mr Johnston (28) won the recent Carrick Castle by-election and replaces the late Cllr Jim Brown (Independent).

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.

When elected, 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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