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Council by-election set to take place in Carrick

Voting in a by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council will get underway on Thursday morning.

The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.

James 'Jim' Brown MBE was a stalwart in the politics of the local area and had served on the council for decades, holding a seat in hte Carrick Castle ward for the best part of 40 years.

The 68-year-old had previously served as a member of the UUP on the old Carrickfergus Borough Council before leaving the party in the mid 1990's.

Thursday's by-election will see five candidates vying for the seat.

These are: Lauren Gray from the Alliance Party; Si Harvey from the Democrats and Veterans Party; Peter Johnston from the DUP; John McDermott of the UUP and Independent candidate Will Sibley.

The count will take place at Carrickfergus Leisure Centre, with the result expected to be announced on Friday.

The contest has drawn in some of Northern Ireland's political big hitters, with Arlene Foster canvassing on behalf Peter Johnston.

MPs Paul Girvan and Sammy Wilson have also been out on the campaign trail.

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