Local elections 2014: Introducing our candidates

In this year’s local elections on 22 May, we are fielding candidates in nine wards.

Read about our local candidates here.

Earlswood and Whitebushes – Sue Fenton

Sue Fenton is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Whitebushes. She is active in the local CND and Stop the War groups, and volunteers at a dog rescue centre. Sue believes that environmental and community considerations, rather than the benefit of big business, should be at the heart of political decision. She wants to add to the Green presence on the council to challenge the unhealthy one-party dominance and to promote local recycling and environmental projects.

Horley Central – Thom Brown

Thom Brown is a professional IT consultant and trainer.  He says, “We need a council that works sustainably and for the interests of everyone. More Green Councillors would mean a louder voice to resist damaging budget cuts, unsustainable development and to promote affordable housing in our borough.”

 

Horley East – Katie Smith

Katie Smith is married and mum to one teenager and works as a digital strategist. Katie says, “I was born in Redhill and have lived in the area most of my life. I believe our community deserves better from our council, and I want to make sure that commercial interests are properly balanced against the real needs of local people. That means championing improvements to community facilities and our local environment.”

Horley West – Soo Abram

Soo AbramSoo Abram is a graphic designer who has lived in Redhill for over 30 years. She believes that sound environmental policy, freedom, fairness and social justice are entirely compatible with the economic success of the business sector, local communities and the country as a whole. She believes that the shift away from these essential values by the three mainstream parties is already damaging society, and will lead to even greater problems in future. The Green Party has the vision, policies and will to re-establish these values.

Kingswood with Burgh Heath – Derek Smith

Derek is a retired professional engineer and lives in Redhill with his wife. He has been a Green Party member for 20 years and is the secretary and treasurer of the local branch. Derek says, “We’re causing so much environmental damage that I seriously worry for the future for my four grand-children. The Green Party is the only party which takes this seriously enough.”

Redhill East – Jonathan Essex

Jonathan Essex is a Civil Engineer and an active community campaigner. He has lived in Redhill for 15 years, is married to Fiona, and is a member of the Reigate Society and Redhill Baptist Church. He is a trustee of the local Council for Voluntary Services and of Furnistore. Jonathan has served as Borough Councillor since 2010 and County Councillor since 2013.

Redhill West – Phil Wilson

Philip Wilson has lived or worked in Reigate & Banstead since 2010 and is currently living in Salfords Village. Philip says, “Greens elected onto the local council have continued to work hard with local residents to make a real difference. More Greens will help us achieve greater things and ensure we provide an effective opposition to the Tory-dominated Council”.

Reigate Central – Sarah Vaci

I am a special needs teacher, Eco-schools assessor and community filmmaker as well as a mother. I am passionate about bringing together older and younger generations, improving access to local public transport, dealing with traffic and environmental issues and supporting local businesses and charities. I will strive to develop a safer, healthier and more harmonious community in Reigate and am keen to ensure all residents’ views are heard.

Tadworth & Walton – Alistair Morten

Alistair lives with his family in Tadworth and Walton and works in local government supporting older people. He believes that only the Green Party is committed to creating communities that are vibrant, inclusive and sustainable.

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