Cllr Martin Smith and his agent Cllr Francis Oppler
IT WAS an exciting night for Liberal Democrat candidate Martin Smith as he took more than half the votes to become Aldwick West’s newest district councillor.
The 27-year-old received 719 out of 1,365 votes last night winning him a seat on the Arun District Council.
Cllr Smith, from Aldwick, spoke of his surprise. He said: “I’m ecstatic, I can’t believe it.
“I’d like to say thank you to all the voters.”
He also acknowledged the late Jacqui Maconachie who stood for Aldwick West on the Arun District Council until she passed away in August.
“Firstly I’d like to pay tribute to Jacqui Maconachie. Unfortunately, this by-election happened in such unfortunate circumstances.
“It’s an honour to be standing in the ward that she did,” he said.
Carol Birch stood for the Green party in her first district election. She said: “We’re just quite pleased to give people the opportunity to vote Green and with the support we received.”
Labour candidate Ian Manion shared her optimism. “The votes we have received are very encouraging. Thanks to everyone who voted,” he said.
Fellow Labour member Alan Butcher praised Ian. He said: “I’m pleased we had a really good solid candidate. We’re looking forward to the future.”
Aldwick West by-election votes: 719 – Martin Smith (LD), 480 – Guy Purser (C), 112 – Ian Manion (L) and 54 – Carol Birch (G) @ArunDistrict
— Fiona Callingham (@FCallingham22) November 2, 2017
The win sees a 52.7 per cent increase in Liberal Democrat votes from the last district election.
Conservative votes were down by 16.7 per cent, Labour up by 8.2 per cent and the Green party saw a rise of 4 per cent.
The overall voter turnout for Aldwick West was 26.28 per cent.