The Council was run initially by a Lab/Independent coalition. Since 20 May 2015, the council has been run by a PC/Independent coalition.
3 May 2012 - PC 28, Lab 23, Independent 22, People First 1 Now - PC 29, Lab 22, Independent 20, Independent Unaffiliated 2, People First 1
At the Annual General Meeting on 17 May 2012, the Council unanimously elected a PC member as Chairman (proposed by Independent and seconded by PC).
The Council unanimously elected a Lab member as Vice-Chairman (proposed by Lab and seconded by PC).
Two members were nominated as Leader of the Council – a Lab member and a PC member. The Council elected the Lab member by 41 votes (23 Lab and 18 Independents) to 28, with 2 abstentions (John Jenkins (Independent) (Elli) and Edward Thomas (Independent) (Llandeilo)) and 3 absentees (2 Independent and 1 People First).
At the adjourned annual meeting on 1 June 2012, the Leader announced an Executive Board of 10 members including himself, 5 Lab and 5 Independent. There were two deputy leaders, 1 Lab and 1 Independent.
On 19 January 2013, it was reported that Theressa Bowen (Llwynhendy) had left the Labour Party to sit as an Unaffiliated Independent.
11 December 2014 – Trelech – PC gain from Independent Jean Lewis (PC) elected Caused by the resignation of David Thomas (Independent), “in view of his declining health”. He had served the area for more than 50 years.
19 February 2015 – Hengoed – Lab hold Penny Edwards (Lab) elected Caused by the death of George Edwards (Lab). Penny Edwards is his widow.
On 11 May 2015, it was reported that the Labour Group had voted out their leader and replaced him with a new leader. The outgoing leader represented Garnant in the Amman Valley, whereas the new leader represents Bigyn in Llanelli.
At the Annual General Meeting on 20 May 2015, the Council elected a PC member as Leader of the Council.
He went on to appoint a Cabinet of 10 members (5 PC and 5 Independent) including 2 Deputy Leaders (1 PC and 1 Independent). The 5 Independent members of the Cabinet (including the Deputy Leader) had held their appointments in the previous administration.
19 November 2015 – Kidwelly – Lab hold Ryan Thomas (Lab) elected Caused by the sudden death of Keith Davies (Lab)
22 September 2016 – Cilycwm – PC gain from Independent Dafydd Tomos (PC) elected Caused by the death of Tom Theophilus (Independent), aged 84, after suffering a stroke at home
As of 15 March 2017, the Carmarthenshire website shows Jeff Owen (Tyisha), elected as PC, as an Independent Unaffiliated.
The website also shows Theressa Bowen (Llwynhendy), previously Independent Unaffiliated, as an Independent.
I make it 67 PC candidates - so I think the total position is 214 candidates contesting 74 seats in 58 divisions - 54 Lab, 21 Con, 6 Lib Dem, 67 PC, 12 UKIP, 1 Green Party, 51 Independents, 1 No Description and 1 TUSC.
4 single member divisions are uncontested - 3 PC and 1 Independent are returned unopposed. 3 are retiring members - but Llanddarog division is a PC gain from Independent unopposed.
The remaining 70 seats in 54 divisions are contested.
Retiring Councillors (74): PC 29, Lab 22, Independent 20, Independent Unaffiliated 2, People First 1
Seeking re-election (55): PC 21, Lab 16, Independent 15, Independent Unaffiliated 2, People First (standing as Independent) 1
Standing down (19): PC 8, Lab 6, Independent 5
Deian Harries (PC) (Ammanford) (Dinefwr) Ryan Bartlett (Lab) (Betws) (Dinefwr) Jeff Edmunds (Lab) (Bigyn) (Llanelli) Eryl Morgan (Lab) (Bigyn) (Llanelli) Jack James (Lab) (Burry Port) (Llanelli) Deryk Cundy (Lab) (Bynea) (Llanelli) Peter Hughes Griffiths (PC) (Carmarthen Town North) (Carmarthen) Gareth Jones (PC) (Carmarthen Town North) (Carmarthen) Alun Lenny (PC) (Carmarthen Town South) (Carmarthen) Alan Speake (PC) (Carmarthen Town West) (Carmarthen) Hazel Evans (PC) (Cenarth) (Carmarthen) Irfon Jones (Independent) (Cynwyl Elfed) (Carmarthen) Eirwyn Williams (PC) (Cynwyl Gaeo) (Dinefwr) Tegwen Devichand (Lab) (Dafen) (Llanelli) John Jenkins (Independent Unaffiliated) (Elli) (Llanelli) – standing as Independent Hugh Richards (Independent) (Felinfoel) (Llanelli) Kevin Madge (Lab) (Garnant) (Dinefwr) David Jenkins (PC) (Glanamman) (Dinefwr) Louvain Roberts (Lab) (Glanymor) (Llanelli) Jim Jones (Independent) (Glyn) (Llanelli) Darren Price (PC) (Gorslas) (Carmarthen) Gareth Thomas (PC) (Hendy) (Llanelli) Siân Caiach (People First) (Hengoed) (Llanelli) – standing as Independent Penny Edwards (Lab) (Hengoed) (Llanelli) – by-election (19/02/2015) Jane Tremlett (Independent) (Laugharne Township) (Carmarthen) Edward Thomas (Independent) (Llandeilo) (Dinefwr) Anthony Davies (Independent) (Llandybie) (Dinefwr) Anthony Jones (Lab) (Llandybie) (Dinefwr) Mansel Charles (PC) (Llanegwad) (Dinefwr/Carmarthen) Cefin Campbell (PC) (Llanfihangel Aberbythych) (Dinefwr) Linda Evans (PC) (Llanfihangel-ar-Arth) (Carmarthen) – returned unopposed Andrew James (Independent) (Llangadog) (Dinefwr) Ken Howell (PC) (Llangeler) (Carmarthen) Gwyneth Thomas (PC) (Llangennech) (Llanelli) Elwyn Williams (PC) (Llangunnor) (Carmarthen) Tyssul Evans (PC) (Llangyndeyrn) (Carmarthen) Emlyn Dole (PC) (Llannon) (Llanelli) Kim Thomas (Lab) (Llannon) (Llanelli) Ieuan Davies (Independent) (Llanybydder) (Carmarthen) – returned unopposed Theressa Bowen (Independent, elected as Lab) (Llwynhendy) (Llanelli) Sharen Davies (Lab) (Llwynhendy) (Llanelli) Joseph Davies (Independent) (Manordeilo and Salem) (Dinefwr) Shirley Matthews (Lab) (Pembrey) (Llanelli) Hugh Shepardson (Independent) (Pembrey) (Llanelli) Colin Evans (Lab) (Pontamman) (Dinefwr) Glynog Davies (PC) (Quarter Bach) (Dinefwr) Peter Cooper (Lab) (Saron) (Dinefwr) Alun Davies (PC) (Saron) (Dinefwr) Philip Hughes (Independent) (St. Clears) (Carmarthen) Mair Stephens (Independent) (St. Ishmael) (Carmarthen) Giles Morgan (Independent) (Swiss Valley) (Llanelli) Jean Lewis (PC) (Trelech) (Carmarthen) – by-election (11/12/2014) – returned unopposed Calum Higgins (Lab) (Tycroes) (Llanelli) Jeff Owen (Independent Unaffiliated, elected as PC) (Tyisha) (Llanelli) – standing as Independent Sue Allen (Independent) (Whitland) (Carmarthen)
Pam Palmer (Independent) (Abergwili) (Carmarthen) Pat Jones (Lab) (Burry Port) (Llanelli) Jeff Thomas (PC) (Carmarthen Town South) (Carmarthen) Tom Defis (PC) (Carmarthen Town West) (Carmarthen) Dafydd Tomos (PC) (Cilycwm) (Dinefwr) – by-election (22/09/2016) Winston Lemon (PC) (Glanymor) (Llanelli) Terry Davies (Lab) (Gorslas) (Carmarthen) Ryan Thomas (Lab) (Kidwelly) (Llanelli) – by-election (19/11/2015) Roy Llewellyn (PC) (Llanboidy) (Carmarthen) Wyn Evans (Independent) (Llanddarog) (Carmarthen) Ivor Jackson (Independent) (Llandovery) (Dinefwr) Gwyn Hopkins (PC) (Llangennech) (Llanelli) Daff Davies (Independent) (Llansteffan) (Carmarthen) Bill Thomas (Lab) (Lliedi) (Llanelli) Jan Williams (Lab) (Lliedi) (Llanelli) Siân Thomas (PC) (Penygroes) (Dinefwr) – replaced by Dai Thomas (PC) of the same address Joy Williams (PC) (Pontyberem) (Llanelli) Meryl Gravell (Independent) (Trimsaran) (Llanelli) Keri Thomas (Lab) (Tyisha) (Llanelli)