Kieron takes coun­cil seat af­ter by-elec­tion vic­tory

The Oban Times - - News -

IN­DE­PEN­DENT can­di­date Kieron Green beat the SNP’s Breege Smyth by 22 votes to be­come Oban, North and Lorn’s new coun­cil­lor in last Thurs­day’s by- elec­tion.

Mr Green polled 755 first pref­er­ence votes com­pared to Ms Smyth’s 1,055, but he was elected at the fourth stage af­ter the two can­di­dates with fewest votes were elim­i­nated.

Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive and Union­ist Andrew Ross Ven­nard came third with 591, while Scot­tish Lib­eral Demo­crat David Pol­lard came fourth with 294 first pref­er­ence votes. The to­tal num­ber of valid bal­lots cast was 2,651, with 16 re­jected, rep­re­sent­ing 33.46 per cent of the elec­torate.

The next day an ‘ over­whelmed’ Mr Green quit his job as a school tech­ni­cian at Oban High School and he will also be re­sign­ing his post on Oban Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

Its chair­per­son, Marri Mal­loy, con­grat­u­lated him. She said: ‘ Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s gain is Oban Com­mu­nity Coun­cil’s loss. Thanks for all your hard work and good luck for the fu­ture.’ This week Mr Green told The Oban

Times he had joined the coun­cil’s ad­min­is­tra­tion as part of The Ar­gyll, Lomond and the Isles Group, known as TALAIG, fol­low­ing talks with groups’ lead­ers.

The by- elec­tion was trig­gered in March when the ward’s SNP coun­cil­lor Iain An­gus Mac­don­ald re­signed.

Kieron Green won nar­rowly af­ter sec­ond pref­er­ences were counted.

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