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Issue 325 – Town Council Elections: Your chance to decide…

ON May 5th the people of Frome will have the chance to decide who will represent them on the town council.

43 local people are standing for election to the town council, which has 17 councillors representing the six wards of Berkley Down Ward (3 councillors), College Ward (3 councillors) Keyford Ward (3 councillors), Market Ward (3 councillors), Oakfield Ward (2 councillors) and Park Ward (3 councillors).
Town councillors are unpaid, and do not receive any attendance allowance or payments for their duties which they undertake on a voluntary basis.
Mayor of Frome, cllr Helen Sprawson-White, is encouraging residents to have their say. “If you care about what happens in your community like me, then this is your only opportunity to choose who the best people are to make the decisions about our town,” she said.
There are 12 candidates for the Conservative Party, one independent candidate, three Labour Party candidates, 10 Liberal Democrats and 17 candidates standing as “Independents for Frome,” who are a new group of independent candidates.
Toby Eliot, IfF candidate for the Keyford Ward said, “What Frome’s really lacked is clear decision-making informed by the views of the people of the town. IfF will bring more open meetings and more opportunities for people to influence decision-making outside of meetings.
“If nothing else IfF have given the voters of Frome a proper choice. At the last town council elections in 2007 there were 20 candidates for 17 seats. In some wards there were the same number of candidates as there were seats, meaning it didn’t matter how you voted, you got whoever was standing. This time, IfF has a candidate for every seat, so the people of Frome have a real choice to make.”

CANDIDATES:

PARISH OF FROME – BERKLEY DOWN WARD
Berry, Eve – The Conservative Party Candidate
Burgess, Graham – Independents For Frome
Clark, Dave – Independents For Frome
Dobinson, Adrian – Liberal Democrats
John, Peter Francis – The Conservative Party Candidate
Tayler, Clare – Independents For Frome
Wood, Jane Mary – The Conservative Party Candidate
PARISH OF FROME – COLLEGE WARD
Bullen, Carole – The Conservative Party Candidate
Earle, Andrew – Independent
Godman, James – The Conservative Party Candidate
John, Elizabeth Janet – The Conservative Party Candidate
Klepper, Sue – Independents For Frome
Porteous, Richard – Independents For Frome
White, Nick – Independents For Frome
PARISH OF FROME – KEYFORD WARD
Anderson, Dave – Independents For Frome
Eliot, Toby – Independents For Frome
Fitzpatrick, Felix – The Conservative Party Candidate
Goldfinger, Pippa – Independents For Frome
Horsfall, Alvin John – Liberal Democrats
Oakensen, David Alan – The Labour Party Candidate
Pinnock, Richard – Liberal Democrats
PARISH OF FROME – MARKET WARD
Alexander, Gordon Peter – The Conservative Party Candidate
Clark, Theresa Mary – The Labour Party Candidate
Golinski, Tricia – Independents For Frome
Lee, Pam – The Conservative Party Candidate
Moore, Dickon – Independents For Frome
Snook, Sharon Marie – Liberal Democrats
Tanswell, Derek Fredrick Edmond – Liberal Democrats
Usher, Mel – Independents For Frome
PARISH OF FROME – OAKFIELD WARD
Birkett-Smith, John – Independents For Frome
Cypher, Buckley – The Conservative Party Candidate
Macfadyen, Peter – Independents For Frome
Sprawson-White, Helen Elaine – Liberal Democrats
Watkins, Jennifer Ann – Liberal Democrats
PARISH OF FROME – PARK WARD
Glover, Alan – Liberal Democrats
Hawkins, Julie Alice – The Labour Party Candidate
Hooton, Damon John – Liberal Democrats
Hudson, Claire Louise – Liberal Democrats
Starkie, Helen – Independents For Frome
Thomas, Charlie – Independents For Frome
Thomas, Hilary Anne – The Conservative Party Candidate
Utton, Pip – Independents For Frome
Wood, Charles Richard Seymour – The Conservative Party Candidate

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