Cathrine Simmons has been elected as a new member to sit on Torridge District Council.
Green Party’s Cathrine came out on top of the by-election with 292 votes and will represent Torrington.
UKIP’s Robin Julian came second with 181 votes. David Cox, Independent received 160 votes.
Cathrine has sat on Torrington Town Council for 18 years and lives with her husband John.
She said: “I have the town in my heart. I try to give heart to the town and reasons for people to visit.
“I positively voted for the refurbishment of the Town Hall. It is still looking for funding, but when there’s a will there’s a way.”
Cathrine said her fellow Green Party members supported her.
Peter Christie, who is a Torridge councillor for Bideford North, also helped Cathrine with her campaign.
Cathrine has lived in Torrington for 27 years and said she likes the town’s community spirit.
She said: “They get behind a cause and fight for it. There are so many organisations in Torrington for children. There is no excuse for them to get bored.”
Before retirement Cathrine worked in the housing sector with Mid Devon District Council.
She has four children with her husband. Barnaby, Dominic, Alastair and Philippa.