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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
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 Liberal Democrat David Pollard came fourth with 294 first preference votes and Scottish Conservative and Unionist Andrew Ross Vennard third with 591. 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.