And the winner is…
Congratulations to both candidates in the parish council by-election, in which the counting has now finished.
Not only did both candidates make sure that they or their supporters put out leaflets (and posted them through people’s doors) and manifestoes, they also managed to attract quite a big turn-out.
However, there could only be one winner, and our particular congratulations go to Roger Tabbernor.
Roger polled 117 votes to Shelagh Wood’s 75, which means that it was a good contest. Let’s hope that Roger now fulfils his supporters’ hopes, and brings a new spring into the step of the parish council.
The percentage turn-out has yet to be announced, but with nearly two hundred votes cast, that looks to be just under 25%, which, when you think about it, is quite impressive by today’s standards of low turn-outs, especially for a ‘mid-term’ election.
The turn-out must be a credit to the candidates and their supporters, who must have worked hard. So, well done to them on that side too.
It’s a good day for democracy when this level of interest can be shown in what is a relatively small contest.
It is surely disappointing when no-one comes forward to want to be on the parish council.
At the last general election in 2011, there was no election, because no-one other than the sitting councillors put themselves up.
So – it was good to see (in our opinion) that, this year, there were new people willing & keen to want to take part in local parish matters.
Of course, it’s never over in politics, and we look forward to the next election for Draycott in the Moors Parish Council, which will be in 2015. All seven seats will be up for election then, so, judging by this result, it should be an exciting time!