04/12/2011

Plaid announces County Council candidates for Aberystwyth



Plaid Cymru have selected their prospective candidates for the six Aberystwyth wards in next May's County Council elections. The candidates are:

Canol / Central – Chris Mackenzie-Grieve
Chris owns MGs Café in Chalybeate Street and is the Joint-Chair of the Aberystwyth Chamber of Commerce. He has a degree in corporate finance from the London School of Business and runs his own company which consults on how business can improve profitability. Chris said: "My mission is to make the town centre into a vibrant and thriving place. I think I can use my skills to improve the transparency and efficiency of the Council."

Gogledd / North – Mark Strong
Mark lives in the ward and works at the National Library. He is chair of the Ceredigion Care Society / Cymdeithas Gofal Ceredigion and has been a Town Councillor for the past eight years, representing them on the board of Menter Aberystwyth and on the Prom Forum. He is committed to maintaining services, protecting the environment and supporting sustainable development.

Penparcau (2 seats) – Steve Davies and Lorrae Jones-Southgate
Steve is a Town Councillor who lost by just 14 votes at the last County Council election in 2008. He works at the Rheidol Hydro-electric power station and is keen on rugby and rowing.
Lorrae was Mayor of Aberystwyth in 2007-8. She works in respite care and is particularly concerned with care for the elderly. Both she and Steve were active in the campaign to save Bodlondeb.

Plaid's current sitting councillor in Penparcau, Rob Gorman, is stepping down due to pressure of work in his fishing business and fully backs Steve and Lorrae.

Rheidol – Endaf Edwards
Originally from Pontrhydfendigaid, Endaf works for Coleg Ceredigion as an Information and Learning Technologies Co-ordinator. He was active in the successful campaign to save Bodlondeb residential home for the elderly. His priorities as a councillor will be education and learning, environment and planning, leisure and recreation.

Bronglais – Alun Williams
Er...yep, that's me. You know the sort of thing...sitting councillor, likes trees, tries to keep people informed....

Ceredigion Assembly Member Elin Jones AM said:
"We have a great team of candidates standing in the Aberystwyth area in the forthcoming Ceredigion Council elections. I’ve no doubt that every single one of them would be a strong voice for their respective wards in the Council chamber".


The Local Government elections will take place on May 3rd 2012

The picture shows, back row left to right: Steve Davies, Chris Mackenzie-Grieve, Mark Strong, Endaf Edwards.
Front row left to right: Lorrae Jones-Southgate, Elin Jones AM, Alun Williams

5 comments:

  1. Come on Alun. You won't win if you don't blow your own trumpet a bit louder than this. Don't be shy. I would describe you as one of our better councillors. Sit on Town and CCC. I know about your involvement with GAG and PNP. Shall I write your CV for you?

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  2. As Tommy Cooper used to say, "I'm a very modest man - and I'm proud of it!".

    Oh, alright then. The official press release says,
    "Alun has been a County Councillor for Bronglais ward since 2000 and won 77% of the vote at the last election in 2008. He has a strong record of campaigning on environmental, road safety and community issues and of keeping residents informed. He works as a nurse manager.
    Alun says, "I want to see Ceredigion Council consulting much more closely with residents on the decisions that affect Aberystwyth"."

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  3. I know your blog article only covers Aberystwyth but I hope that Plaid will contest the 2 seats currently occupied by cabinet members that were returned unopposed.

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  4. You mean, of course, Llanarth and Capel Dewi. I hope so too.

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  5. I've been told today that Plaid will, indeed, be contesting those seats.

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