Ron Jones upbeat after election defeat

Mayor of Axminster says ‘It is just one of those things’

Axminster’s mayor lost his seat on the town council after failing to win enough votes for re-election.

Ron Jones, who served on the council for 12 years, remains positive after last week’s election blow and says he is thankful for the many years he has enjoyed on the council.

“I am thankful that I have had many years on the council,” he said. “The voters, naturally, had their say and if that is their wish, then so be it.

“It is just one of those things. The electorate have got their views and they vote for who they want to put on the council.

“The voters have their reasons why they felt I was not eligible and I’ve got to give them kudos for that and that is why we are a democratic country.”

Mr Jones also ends his two years of service as mayor, which he says he found thoroughly enjoyable.

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“It has been great fun serving on the council and, I dare say, I shall miss it. I’ve enjoyed my time on the council and my electoral role,” added Mr Jones.

However, the outgoing mayor has not ruled out standing for election again in the future and says he may consider it, if the opportunity arises.

“There is always a possibility. If the opportunity arose, I very much possibly would.”

Election results 2011: full round-up in tomorrow’s Midweek Herald.