Five candidates have been officially nominated to stand in the By-Election for two seats on Crewkerne Town Council, which takes place on Thursday May 6th. The two vacancies have arisen following the resignation of Councillor Ben Hartshorn in September last year and confirmation from South Somerset District Council, a month later, that Councillor Alan Smith was no longer a member of the town council.

The Liberal Democrat Party are promoting two candidates, Alice Samuel and Judith Morris. Alice Samuel who was born in Crewkerne, works as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at St Bartholomew’s First School. In her spare time she runs an Eco-Council and a Dementia Friendly group at the school and is the Secretary for the Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion. Alice is particularly interested in improving children’s services and local amenities in the town. Judith Morris has lived in Crewkerne for five years and is actively involved in several local organisations. She has spent a lifetime helping others and aims to improve the facilities available in Crewkerne for young people and to promote the town’s local history.

Candidates standing for the Conservative Party are Teresa Bond and Steve Ashton. Teresa Bond has lived in Crewkerne for 25 years and is an active member of the community. She has been involved in the development of the Henhayes Playground and is a long serving member of the League of Friends of Crewkerne Hospital. Teresa is promising to use her experience and knowledge for the benefit of the whole community and is particularly concerned with the annual rise in the Council Tax and keeping future town council expenditure to a minimum. Steve Ashton lives in a neighbouring village to Crewkerne. He has been working at the Taunton vaccination centre for several months, which he has found to be worthwhile and rewarding. Steve wants to continue serving the community by being a voice for local people on the town council. He is particularly interested in local planning issues and getting the right outcomes for the community by proper scrutiny of all applications and checks for any inaccuracies or misleading statements.

The fifth candidate standing for election on May 6th, who is hoping to be voted onto Crewkerne Town Council is Paul Stuffins. Paul Stuffins lives in Crewkerne and is a specialist in IT services, running his own business. Paul takes an active interest in promoting the town and in particular its trade and commerce. His agreed nomination to stand in the by-election is not recorded as affiliated to any political party.

Polling stations will be set up to maximise ventilation and frequent touch points will be cleaned at regular intervals, before and after use. Social distancing and other safety measures to include screens and distance markings will be in operation to help protect those wishing to vote in person. Voters are reminded to please wear a facial covering and use the hand sanitiser available.


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