I was elected to Taunton Deane Borough Council at a by-election for the Wiveliscombe and West Deane ward held on 5th April 2018. This followed the resignation of Independent Councillor, Steve Ross, due to work commitments.
It was a hard fought campaign. I was pleased to have the support of many local people and the backing of leading people in our community, including Eddie Gaines (other Independent Councillor for ward), Steve Ross, Pauline Homeshaw and Julian Mellor.
The result (with a high turnout for a by-election at 43%) was:
Dave Mansell (Green) – 600 votes (45%)
Sue Levinge (Lib Dem) – 389 votes (29%)
Phillip Thorne (Conservative) – 352 votes (26%)