An election postponed due to the unexpected death of one of the candidates has taken place.

Voting for Kent County Council (KCC) Elham Valley, near Folkestone, was delayed after Labour’s Chris Deane suffered a fatal heart attack in April.

Chris Deane of Labor died in April

Rescheduled for Thursday, the poll has now taken place, with Conservative Susan Carey announced as its winner.

The Conservative retained her seat, winning half of the votes cast, 13% more than her closest rival, Douglas Wade of the Greens.

Following the result, KCC chief Roger Gough (Con) revealed that Cllr Carey would be reappointed as cabinet member for the environment.

“I am delighted to welcome Susan back to the board and that she will once again lead environmental issues,” he said.

“As a government, we are deeply committed to protecting and improving Kent‘s environment.

Elham Valley Councilor Susan Carey (Con) retained her seat on Kent County Council
Elham Valley Councilor Susan Carey (Con) retained her seat on Kent County Council

“We have a strong management team who already have a solid track record and who will achieve our ambitions. “

Gordon Cowan (Lab) came in third, with 7% of the vote, edging independent candidate Joe Egerton in last place.

The result is the fifth election victory for Cllr Carey, who has owned Elham Valley since 2005.

A former school principal, Mr Deane has spent much of his career working in London schools.

The 73-year-old moved with his wife Nicky to Hythe in 2011.

There the couple became active members of the constituency’s Labor Party, with Mr Deane working as an election official in 2017 and 2019.

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