The first results are in for the Kent County Council elections in the Dover district.
Voters in the Dover district have been asked to decide which party will control Kent County Council and who will be the next police and crime commissioner for Kent.
Polling stations were open yesterday and counts began today.
KCC – which looks after schools, roads and social care, among other things – is currently run by a Tory administration after the party regained control in 2017.
The authority is made up of 81 councillors who are elected every four years.
In the Dover district there were 32 candidates across the area’s five divisions: Dover North, Dover Town, Dover West, Deal & Walmer and Sandwich.
Nine of whom were women. There were equal numbers of candidates representing the big three political parties: seven for Labour, seven for the Conservatives and seven for the Lib Democrats.
In addition five stood for the Green Party, there were four independent candidates, and two representing the Workers Party of Britain.
Sandwich had one seat available and Tory councillor Sue Chandler has been re-elected with 60% of the votes (2808).
Cllr Chandler, who lives in Cop Street, Ash, also sits on Dover District Council (DDC).
Sandwich’s runner up was Labour’s Barney Sadler who obtained 16% of the vote (749) and The Green Party’s Abigail Stroud won 11% of votes (508).
Dover West had one seat and David Gary Beaney (Con) was elected. He won 62% of the vote (2663).
Labour’s Pam Brivio took 23% of the vote (1007) followed by Nicholas Shread of the Green Party.
Dover East also had one seat and Steve Manion was elected with 52% of the vote (2138).
He had been a KCC councillor since 2009. His vote percentage dropped from 53.72% (2074) in 2017s local election.
Full list of candidates:
Dover North (9): Nigel Collor (Con) Robert Colin Franklin (Lib Dem), Dom Howden (Lab), David Campbell Kerr (Workers part of Britain), Luke Thomas Lyden (Lib Dem), Oliver Richardson (Con), Beccy Sawbridge (Green), Graham Richard Wanstall (Inde) and Charlotte Zosseder (Lab).
Dover West (4): David Gary Beaney (Con), Rick Blackwell (Lib Dem), Pamela Mary Brivio (Lab), Nicholas Shred (Green).
Dover North (4): Stephen Charles Manion (Con), Annabel Helen Veronica Stogdon (Lib Dem), Sarah Ann Waite-Gleave (Green) and Charles Francis Woodgate (Lab).
Deal & Walmer (10): Edward Athur Biggs (Lab), Trevor Antony Bond (Con), Mike Eddy (Green), Bobby Falaise (Inde), John Francis Gosling (Lib Dem), Penelope Laetitia James (Lib Dem), Derek Peter Murphy (Con), Eileen Diane Rowbotham (Lab), Christopher Colin Tasker (Workers Party of Britain), Chris Tough (Inde)
Sandwich (5): Paul Ivor Carter (Inde), Sue Chandler (Con), Vernon Charles Recas (Lib Dem), Barney Sadler (Labour), Abigail Stroud (Green).