Rich Michalowski secured victory for the Conservatives in Redhill West, in the borough elections on 3 May.
The seat had been that of three-times mayor David Pay, a fellow Conservative who retired at these elections.
The other two Redhill West seats are held by Natalie Bramhall and Julian Ellacott, also Conservatives.
Giving his reaction to the result, Cllr Michalowski said: “I feel extremely proud that I’ve felt the support and confidence of residents in Redhill West.”
He added that the win was recognition of the work of Cllrs Bramhall, Ellacott and Pay: “They’re trusted and well regarded and I’m feeling very humbled that I can step into the shoes of David Pay.”
On his priorities, he said: “The very first thing I’d like to do is sit down with councillors Bramhall and Ellacott and press how we’re going to push ahead with town centre regeneration – that’s still critical.”
“And also give support to Crispin Blunt with his rail campaign.”
Cllr Michalowski is well-known on Twitter as “The Local Handyman”, the business he runs.
His initial term will be just one year, as every seat in the borough will be up for election in May 2019 thanks to the boundary review process. The normal rotation will then resume whereby councillors are elected in thirds, with an election in three out of four years.
Results for Redhill West
|Name||Party||Votes||Share||PARTY +/- since 2016|
|Rich Michalowski||CON||984||44.0||+ 2.9|
|Jon Pepper||LAB||593||26.5||+ 6.7|
|Ruth Ritter||GREEN||322||14.4||– 0.8|
|Andrew Cressy||LDEM||256||11.5||+ 2.9|
|Steven Richards||UKIP||80||3.6||– 11.7|
Note: the percentage point change shown is against the last election in the ward in 2016, rather than the same seat four years ago, and is the party figure – candidates may have changed.