Belfast Telegraph

Poll-topping Adair humbled by win and thanks his faith

By Angela Rainey

A DUP Ards Peninsula councillor who topped the polls with the highest number of votes has dedicated his success to his faith and to the late Dr Ian Paisley.

Robert Adair (31) joined politics aged 23 and was the area's youngest ever mayor in 2017. ​​

A civil servant, he was elected for the third time at the Ards and North Down council election at Bangor Aurora last night.​​

A devout Christian, Adair who was born and raised in the seaside town of Portavogie, said he was humbled by the result.​​

"I am truly thankful to the support of the large number of people who turned out for me and for the cross-community support of all those from the villages.​​

"And to people placing their trust in me to deliver.​

"Getting elected so I can continue to help people was my priority, not topping the polls.​

"As being able to help people and address the issues they come to me with is very much a privilege."​

Adair, who gained 2,189 votes was closely followed in the polls by Independent councillor for Newtownards Jimmy Menagh who won 2,139 votes.​

But as someone who believes in the power of prayer, Adair attributed his success to his faith and to both the late Dr Ian Paisley and Dr Ian Adamson as well as his late aunt and nurse, Ellen Thompson.​​

"It was they who shaped my life and my career in politics," he said.

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