Darryl Nicholas dedicates double by-elections victory to memory of late Councillor David Chapman

The Conservative and Unionist Party candidate, Darryl Nicholas, formerly Exmouth’s youngest-ever Mayor, has been elected as both district and town councillor in yesterday’s (Thursday 6 October 2016) Exmouth Brixington by-elections, which were held following the death of Conservative councillor David Chapman.

In the East Devon District Council election, Cllr Nicholas received 425 votes, beating Robin Humphreys of the Independent East Devon Alliance (324 votes) and Alexandra Sadiq, Liberal Democrats (286).

For the Exmouth Town Council election, Cllr Nicholas won his seat with 551 votes. The runner-up was Alexandra Sadiq of the Liberal Democrats with 454 votes.

Cllr Nicholas is a former town and district councillor and was Exmouth Champion for East Devon District Council, but stood down in 2011.

A 20 per cent turnout was recorded for both town and district elections. The number of ballot papers issued was: 1029 for the town council election and 1042 for the district council election.

Speaking of his victory, Cllr Nicholas paid tribute to his predecessor, the late David Chapman, saying:

David was an absolute gentleman and worked very hard for our community. We were extremely close, and I stood once again in Brixington, the area where I grew up, to continue the great work that he was doing. Like David, my aim will be to fight for Exmouth - ensuring it has a vibrant future and offers opportunities to residents of all ages.