April 5th, 2011 |
The Rayleigh Contests
There are four wards in Rayleigh with District Council elections this year -Downhall & Rawreth, Grange, Lodge and Sweyne Park. There are no Labour, Green, UKIP or BNP candidates in Rayleigh this year. Just Lib Dems, Conservatives and English Democrats.
Obviously this piece is going to be a bit biased!
Lib Dem Ron Oatham is standing for re-election in Downhall and Rawreth. He is in a two-way contest with a Conservative who lives in Hullbridge, Mark Hale. Obviously we hope Ron wins….
Lib Dem June Lumley is standing for re-election in Grange Ward. She is being opposed by a Conservative who lives in Hockley, Scott Crossland. And obviously we hope June will win and be able to carry on representing local residents
We are delighted to have Nicola Davis as our candidate in Lodge Ward. Nicola lives in Rayleigh with her family, and runs a business in the town centre. It’s the first time she has stood as a candidate.
Some residents in the Downhall area may just remember her as “The Lady in Red” who spoke very eloquently at the meeting at Downhall School last year about the proposed Surestart centre there. One thing for sure – whatever happens in the election, Nicola won’t forget the first few months of 2011 – because she had a baby in February! We could certainly do with more parents on the council…. and we very much hope she wins.
She could become a very influential voice….
The sitting councillor here is Conservative Terry Livings, who is stepping down, so someone new has to be elected here. There are three candidates – Nicola for us, Ian Ward for the Conservatives , and Jason Hodson for the English Democrats.
Sweyne Park is a very marginal ward – Jackie Dillnutt won a seat for us here in 2007, and Joan Mockford won the other seat for the Conservatives in 2008. Jackie is stepping down this time and our new candidate is Trevor Parrett. Trevor runs his own printing business in Basildon, lives with his family in Rayleigh and as you can see, is very involved with onlineFOCUS. Trevor would be a very energetic, enterprising councillor for Sweyne Park Ward, and we’d love to see him on the council.
The other two candidates are Toby Mountain for the Conservatives and Alan Twydell for the English Democrats.