Political newcomer Nigel Kells has been elected to the new Antrim and Newtownabbey super council.
The rising DUP star was the first candidate to be elected in the Antrim District Electoral Area.
Mr Kells polled 662 votes and then picked up transfer votes from stages two and three of the count, overtaking his fellow DUP candidates John Smyth and Brian Graham.
Speaking to the Times, Mr Kells said he was “absolutely ecstatic” and thanked m everyone who turned out to vote for him.
“I cannot thank people enough,” Mrf Kells said.
He added: “I want to thank people for supporting me.
“I had the support of a great team as well as my family and friends.”
The father-of-three said he had based his campaign around “bread and butter issues” and was looking forward to the challenges ahead with the new super council.
“My politics is firmly based on a grass-roots level and I will be continuing to raise the bread and butter issues facing my constituents,” he added.
Paying tribute to veteran DUP councillor Brian Graham, who was eliminated from the Antrim DEA ward for failing to secure enough votes, Mr Kells said his party colleague had been a “great support”
“Brian has been a fantastic public representative and a great support to me and I know I can turn to him for advice,” Mr Kells added.