Introducing our candidates in the local election

On 2 May, the whole of Reigate & Banstead Council is up for re-election following some changes to ward boundaries. You will have the chance to vote for three councillors to represent you – Please vote for the three Green candidates

Your poll card will tell you which ward you are in and where your polling station is. And you can read about what we’re standing for here.

 

Earlswood & Whitebushes

Cllr Hal Brown is standing for re-election. Hal was elected last year – beating the Conservative candidate by just 17 votes. Since then he has worked hard to make Earlswood a fairer and Greener place. Local campaigners Ruth Ritter and Sue Fenton are also standing to join Hal on the Council.

Hal (left) is a business journalist and previously worked at East Surrey Hospital. He says: “I hope you will re-elect me so I can continue working hard for all the people of Earlswood and Whitebushes, representing you throughout the year, helping to create an even better and greener place to live.”

Ruth (right) is a Family Support worker and former foster carer and has lived in Earlswood for nearly 30 years. Ruth says: “I hope to be elected to work with Hal, holding the Council to account. I am concerned about cuts to care services and who will offer crucial support to young families with children’s centres closing. I would like to help the voice of vulnerable residents to be heard.”

Sue (centre) is a journalist who has lived in Whitebushes for 15 years. Local issues that concern Sue include litter, oil drilling and the lack of affordable housing. On a national level she is worried about benefit cuts and NHS privatisation. She says: “Political decision-making should prioritise communities and the environment over corporate interests.”

Redhill East

Cllr Jonathan Essex and Cllr Steve McKenna are both standing for re-election. Jonathan has served as a Councillor since 2010 and Steve since 2016. Local campaigner Sue Sinden is also standing to join them on the Council.

Jonathan (left) is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Environmentalist and works part-time for an international development consultancy in Redhill. He says: “I have worked hard to get things done in Redhill and provide a strong independent voice on the Council. I hope you will re-elect me so I can continue to work on the many issues you raise with me. I work hard all year round, not just at election time.”

Steve (right) works part-time at a University and manages an area of local countryside with important wildlife habitat. Steve says: “I am passionate about making Redhill a greener and better place to live. We face so many challenges as a community. We Greens hold the Council to account and stand up for all our residents in Redhill East.”

Sue (centre) is a retired nurse and works as a carer for elderly people. She has lived in Redhill since the 1960s and brought up her family here. Sue is a community activist, campaigning on road surfacing, speeding and traffic calming. She says, “I hope to be elected in May to work with Jonathan and Steve, helping to make Redhill a greener, safer and fairer place for everyone.”

Redhill West and Wray Common

Our three candidates in Redhill West are Joseph Booton, Kumari Lane and Frank Percy.

Joseph has lived in the Redhill & Reigate area since 1992. He is passionate about protecting the green public spaces we all know and love, to ensure children and adults alike have lovely places to play and enjoy. Joseph performs Punch & Judy shows throughout the Borough. He wants to bring a fresh perspective to the local council.

 

Kumari is an academic lawyer who has lived in the Redhill/Reigate area since 1981. She says, “Vote for the Green Party if you believe in a healthy society with a safe and clean environment; a publicly-funded health service; adequate housing; properly funded, accessible higher education; workers’ rights and good public transport.”

 

Frank Percy has lived in Redhill for 13 years and works by day as a Design & Technology Technician at the Warwick School, where he has been involved in various green energy projects. By night he works as a musician, performing at several local popular venues. He says: “Voting Green can bring about some radical changes and huge benefits right here in our local community; it is certainly not a ’wasted’ vote.”

 

 

 

 

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  • By Introducing our local election candidates on Sunday, 7 April 2019 at 1:22 pm

    […] Cllr Hal Brown is standing for re-election. Hal was elected last year, beating the Conservative candidate by just 17 votes. Since then he has worked hard to make Earlswood a fairer and Greener place. Local campaigners Ruth Ritter and Sue Fenton are also standing to join Hal on the Council. Read more about Hal, Ruth and Sue […]

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