Mayor to stepdown as councillor

EXMOUTH’S youngest-ever Mayor, Cllr Darryl Nicholas, has called time on his political career and has stepped down after two years– and will not seek re-election in May.

EXMOUTH’S youngest-ever Mayor, Cllr Darryl Nicholas, has called time on his political career and has stepped down after two years– and will not seek re-election in May.

Cllr Nicholas, 30, also East Devon District Council’s Exmouth Champion, made the announcement at the town council’s annual town meeting on Monday.

If the Conservatives retain control of the council and Deputy Mayor Sandy Sutton is re-elected she is expected to take on the mantle.

Brixington Councillor Nicholas was first elected in 2007 as Conservative after standing in 2003 as an Independent.


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He said: “As I approach the end of my second year as Mayor, I would like to record my thanks in writing to all the people who have been so kind, welcoming and supportive when I have attended ‘official functions.’

“Aside from the usual rounds of meetings, Deputy Mayor Sandy Sutton and myself have combined to attend over 200 functions during the year.

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“The wealth of talent, enthusiasm and selflessness on display throughout all walks of life in Exmouth is, quite frankly, amazing. The people of Exmouth make this town what it is – a fantastic place to live.”

He said that, as mayor, he experienced ‘many emotional highs and lows’, moments of great humour and moments of deep sadness.

He added: “I have tried to represent Exmouth to the best of my abilities at every occasion – occasions which I will remember for the rest of my life.

“In the future, I will be unable to commit the same amount of time to the role of councillor. It is, therefore, my intention to stand down completely from my elected roles on Exmouth Town Council and EDDC and I will not be seeking re-election.”

He paid tribute to the efforts of his fellow councillors and town hall staff and called them ‘a credit’ the community.

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