A record number of candidates are standing for election to Crewkerne Town Council. 22 people have been nominated for the 12 seats available, including eight of the current town councillors, Cllrs Charles Aslett, Mike Best, Paul Bradly, Kathy Head, Ben Hodgson, Robin Pailthorpe, Andrea Stuart and Dan Wakeman. Four of the current town councillors, Cllrs Rusty Jackson, Katy Pritchard, Angie Singleton and Neil Sturtivant have decided not to stand for re-election on Polling Day, Thursday May 2nd.
The fourteen new candidates hoping for a seat on Crewkerne Town Council are Teresa Bond (Conservative), Bob Bright (Conservative), Robin Cottle (Liberal Democrat), Ben Hartshorn (Green Party), Dee Hennessy (Labour), Mark Keating (Conservative), Emma Kennedy (Independent), Pat Lunt, Ann Needle (Conservative), Michael Pattemore (Conservative), Jo Roundell-Green (Liberal Democrat), Alan Smith (Liberal Democrat), Gary Swain (Labour) and Anthony Vaughan (Liberal Democrat).
The District Elections will take place on the same day, with Cllrs Marcus Barrett and Mike Best standing for re-election to the Crewkerne Ward on South Somerset District Council. The other seven candidates hoping to represent Crewkerne on South Somerset District Council are Robert Drew Belobaba (Conservative), Paul Bradly (Conservative), Arthur Sidney Hamlin (UKIP), Ben Hartshorn (Green Party)), Ben Hodgson (Liberal Democrat), Robin Pailthorpe (Liberal Democrat) and Gary David Swain (Labour).
South Somerset District Council are reminding residents that they must be registered, to vote in the Town & Parish Councils and District Council Elections. Anyone who is not registered to vote at their current address, is advised to register online at www.gov.uk/registertovote before the deadline for registration expires at midnight on April 12th. Residents living in South Somerset who are unsure if they are registered to vote, can check by calling 01935 462462.
Polling Stations will be open on Thursday May 2nd from 7 am until 10 pm. Elected councillors are often criticised for decisions they have or haven’t taken, in regard to matters concerning their local communities. The elections provide an opportunity for residents to have their say and vote for the candidates that they think will best represent their community, regardless of the political parties they may be affiliated to.