With the local elections just over a month away (2 May 2013) we receive the first official release from prospective candidates. Ed
Shanklin Town Councillors Richard Priest and Jon Gilbey have announced that they are going to stand in the forthcoming Isle of Wight Council elections, for the Shanklin South and Shanklin Central Wards, respectively.
Richard is a former Shanklin Town Mayor, and Jon is currently Deputy Mayor, and both are non-aligned candidates, not representing any political party, and have stated that their wish is to put Shanklin People First and that the Community is more important than Party Politics.
Listening to residents’ views
Launching a joint campaign on Friday 22nd March 2013, with their Website going live, Richard and Jon plan a series of events, including listening to residents’ views in Regent Street from 10.00 am on Saturday 23rd March, and canvassing residents during April, with their team of supporters – all not aligned to political parties.
Details of Richard and Jon’s backgrounds are contained on their website, and you can contact Richard and Jon at their campaign headquarters in the Paramount, High Street Shanklin or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Encouraged by local support
Richard said, “Local people have encouraged Jon and I to stand for the two Shanklin wards, to represent the views of local people and to champion the interests of the local community – we are local people, who care passionately about our Town and we believe we can make a positive difference.”
Jon added, “We have received concerns from local people about the Schools, Shops in the High Street, Parking, issues about Tourism and the Esplanade, and countless other areas, and we hope that by giving the local community a non-political option we can focus on making a difference and not letting party politics get in the way.”
More details of the campaign will appear on their website over the coming weeks.