Timothy Gaston of the TUV has taken the first of the 20 available ‘Ballymena’ seats on the new Mid & East Antrim Council.
He was elected in the First Count for Bannside DEA with 1212 first preference votes.
Philip Burnside of the Alliance Party was eliminated in the first stage with 450 votes. The quota was 1117 for Bannside which has a total of six available seats.
Other first preference votes were,,,
Thomas John Gordon (DUP) 673
Patrice Hardy (SF) 1035
Billy Henry (DUP) 601
Stewart McDonald (TUV) 951
William McNeilly (UUP) 867
Phil Moffatt (DUP) 582
Tommy Nicholl (DUP) 777
Andrew Wright (UUP) 668