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Peter Johnston from the DUP winner with his wife Tori and son Jacob after he was elected to Mid and East Antrim Council. Pic Freddie Parkinson

Peter Johnston from the DUP winner with his wife Tori and son Jacob after he was elected to Mid and East Antrim Council. Pic Freddie Parkinson

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson ©
Friday 19 October  2018
Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 
The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.
Anne Donaghy declares the results with Lauren Gray from the Alliance Party, John McDermott of the UUP and winner Peter Johnston from the DUP

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Friday 19 October 2018 Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August. Anne Donaghy declares the results with Lauren Gray from the Alliance Party, John McDermott of the UUP and winner Peter Johnston from the DUP

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson ©
Friday 19 October  2018
Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 
The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Friday 19 October 2018 Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson ©
Friday 19 October  2018
Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 
The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.
Winner Peter Johnston from the DUP

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Friday 19 October 2018 Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August. Winner Peter Johnston from the DUP

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson ©
Friday 19 October  2018
Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 
The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.
Winner Peter Johnston from the DUP

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Friday 19 October 2018 Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August. Winner Peter Johnston from the DUP

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson ©
Friday 19 October  2018
Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 
The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.
Peter Johnston wife Tori and his mother-in-law Mandy Girvan

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Friday 19 October 2018 Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August. Peter Johnston wife Tori and his mother-in-law Mandy Girvan

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson ©
Friday 19 October  2018
Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 
The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.
Winner Peter Johnston from the DUP

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Friday 19 October 2018 Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August. Winner Peter Johnston from the DUP

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson ©
Friday 19 October  2018
Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 
The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.
Returning officer Anne Donaghy Clerk and Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim Council.

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Friday 19 October 2018 Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August. Returning officer Anne Donaghy Clerk and Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim Council.

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson ©
Friday 19 October  2018
Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 
The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.
Lauren Gray from the Alliance Party with David Ford

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Friday 19 October 2018 Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August. Lauren Gray from the Alliance Party with David Ford

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson ©
Friday 19 October  2018
Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 
The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.
UUP Leader Robin Swan talks to John McDermott and his election team.

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Friday 19 October 2018 Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August. UUP Leader Robin Swan talks to John McDermott and his election team.

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson ©
Friday 19 October  2018
Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 
The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.
Peter Johnston from the DUP winner with his wife Tori and son Jacob

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Friday 19 October 2018 Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August. Peter Johnston from the DUP winner with his wife Tori and son Jacob

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson ©
Friday 19 October  2018
Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 
The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.
Tori Johnston and her son Jacob

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Friday 19 October 2018 Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August. Tori Johnston and her son Jacob

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson ©
Friday 19 October  2018
Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 
The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.
Peter Johnston from the DUP winner with his wife Tori and son Jacob

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Friday 19 October 2018 Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August. Peter Johnston from the DUP winner with his wife Tori and son Jacob

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson ©
Friday 19 October  2018
Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 
The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.
Lauren Gray from the Alliance Party, winner Peter Johnston from the DUP and John McDermott of the UUP

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Friday 19 October 2018 Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August. Lauren Gray from the Alliance Party, winner Peter Johnston from the DUP and John McDermott of the UUP

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson ©
Friday 19 October  2018
Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 
The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.
Winner Peter Johnston from the DUP

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Friday 19 October 2018 Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August. Winner Peter Johnston from the DUP

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson ©
Friday 19 October  2018
Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 
The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.
Lauren Gray from the Alliance Party

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Friday 19 October 2018 Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August. Lauren Gray from the Alliance Party

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson ©
Friday 19 October  2018
Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 
The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.
John McDermott of the UUP

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Friday 19 October 2018 Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August. John McDermott of the UUP

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson ©
Friday 19 October  2018
Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 
The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August.
Winner Peter Johnston from the DUP

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson © Friday 19 October 2018 Counting in the by-election to fill a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council The seat was left vacant after the death of Independent councillor Jim Brown in August. Winner Peter Johnston from the DUP

Freddie Parkinson

Newly elected DUP councillor Peter Johnston / Credit: DUP

Newly elected DUP councillor Peter Johnston / Credit: DUP

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Peter Johnston from the DUP winner with his wife Tori and son Jacob after he was elected to Mid and East Antrim Council. Pic Freddie Parkinson

DUP candidate Peter Johnston has taken a seat on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council after topping the poll in the Carrick-Castle by-election.

Mr Johnston fills a seat left vacant after the death of Independent unionist councillor Jim Brown, who passed away suddenly in August after serving on the Council for the best part of 40 years.

A total of 2,873 votes were cast in the election, with Peter Johnston taking a total of 1,106 first preference votes, ahead of Ulster Unionist candidate John McDermott with 668 vores, and Alliance Party candidate Lauren Gray with 556 votes.

On his victory, Mr Johnston said he wished to "repay that trust" of the people who had voted for him.

"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," he said.

"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."

On Friday, DUP leader Arlene Foster congratulated Mr Johnston on increasing the party's vote share in the area by 11%.

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"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," she said.

"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."


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