Former deputy town mayor Bryan Burchmore has been re-elected as a Hailsham town councillor - 18 months after losing his seat in an election.
Cllr Burchmore will take his seat on the South & West ward once again after securing 510 votes in the November 15 by-election.
The only other candidate, Susan Mulley, lost by 78 votes in the race for the role vacated by Anthony Williams, who resigned in September.
The by-election had 957 people cast their vote - 14.71 per cent of the town’s voting population.
The independent councillor said his desire to “promote Hailsham” and make it a “better place to live” was at the heart of his decision to return to office.
He said: “I’ve always enjoyed being involved in the community and, now that I’ve been elected on to the Town Council once again, I will certainly do all I can to help improve Hailsham for residents and visitors, develop the local economy and help put something back into the community.”
He added: “My thanks go out to everyone who voted for me. I am proud to have been elected again as one of your town councillors and will do my level best to ensure the Town Council’s priorities are pursued to the highest level.”
Town Clerk John Harrison said: “I am delighted Bryan has been elected to represent the South & West ward. He was a fine candidate and I am sure he will work hard to improve the quality of life for Hailsham residents and promote close links between the council and the people it serves. I wish him every success as a town councillor.”
Cllr Burchmore will hold office until the normal election of all councillors in May 2015.
He is the fourth Independent councillor and joins 16 Conservatives and three Lib Dems on Hailsham Town Council.