Plaid Cymru Gwynedd have gained a new seat from the Independents in Gwynedd Council's By-Election last night (24 June 2021), as businessman Gwynfor Owen is elected as the representative for Harlech and Talsarnau Ward.
Gwynfor won 34.4% of the vote, with 468 people turning out to vote.
Gwynfor Owen, Plaid Cymru: 161
Lisa Dawn Louise Birks: 154
Martin James Hughes, Independent: 153
“It is an honour to be elected Plaid Cymru's Gwynedd Councillor for the people of Harlech and Talsarnau,” said Gwynfor Owen.
“I am extremely grateful to everyone who has worked together and supported me during the campaign and I fully appreciate every person’s vote at the polls – it was a very tight race in the end! I have enjoyed meeting a vast amount of people over the last few weeks and will do my utmost on behalf of the people of this area as their new representative at Gwynedd Council.
“I would like to thank the other candidates for conducting a fair and respectful campaign and thank Gwynedd Council staff for ensuring a professional and orderly election.
“I look forward to joining the Plaid Cymru group in Gwynedd to work with the team of Councillors who work on behalf of the county's residents.”
Plaid Cymru Gwynedd Chairman, Elin Walker Jones, said: “We are delighted to welcome Gwynfor Owen, as the new Plaid Cymru representative for Harlech. Gwynfor has a wealth of experience in local government and is an experienced voice for local communities. A successful businessman, he also has extensive contacts and experience within the education sector.
“The people of Harlech and Talsarnau have put their trust in Gwynfor, and we as a group of Plaid Cymru councillors look forward to welcoming him to the team. Congratulations!"
The Harlech and Talsarnau Ward By-Election in Gwynedd was called following the resignation of Independent Councillor, Freya Bentham.