Juli Harris (SNP), David Gordon (Conservatives) and Derek Ross (Independent) elected in Speyside Glenlivet at local government elections
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THE first results are in for the Moray Council local government elections – with two new faces elected in Speyside Glenlivet.
Juli Harris (SNP) and David Gordon (Tory) have joined the re-elected Derek Ross (Independent) as the ward's councillors.
The political make-up of the ward remains the same, with Walter Wilson (Tory) and Louise Laing (SNP) having stepped down previously.
Juli Harris (SNP) was elected at stage one with 1227 first preference votes, with David Gordon (Tory) also elected at stage one with 1129.
Independent councillor Derek Ross, who received 672 first preference votes, was elected at stage three ahead of Eilidh Brown (Greens) and Philip McHutchon (Sovereignty).
The turnout 45.7 per cent, with 3374 of 7382 eligible voters turning out.
Juli Harris (SNP), formerly head teacher of Rothes Primary School, said: "It's exciting times. I'm really looking forward to getting going as soon as I can.
"We had a very intense campaign. I'm going to do the best to represent the people who have elected me."
David Gordon (Tory), publisher of the Knock News Magazine, said: "I'm very pleased to be doing this – it's something I've wanted to do for a long time.
"I thought I was in with a good chance but you can never be too sure so I'm pleased with the result.
"I'm looking forward to getting out, meeting people and getting involved with local events and issues."
Re-elected councillor Derek Ross said: "I'm delighted. Clearly independents get squeezed by the big parties but I'm pleased.
"I've put a lot of work into the ward in the last five years. I like Speyside and live in the area so I'm delighted to represent the area again."