The Isle of Wight Green Party has revealed their full list of candidates for May’s local elections.
This year’s cohort is said to have the deepest and widest base of knowledge and experience that the party has ever brought to the Island’s ballot papers.
Candidates include experienced Parish and Town councillors Daniel James, Joe Lever, Jaimie Bundell, Cameron Palin, alongside former Parish and Borough councillor for Test Valley in Hampshire, Paul Hampton.
After the nomination lists were announced last Friday, 2 candidates are in wards where the only choice will be between a Green councillor or another Conservative Party councillor – including Daniel James for Freshwater North and Yarmouth, and sixth-generation Islander Claire Critchison who is the only candidate up against current Isle of Wight Council leader, Dave Stewart in Chale, Niton and Shorwell.
The Green Team of 2021 are from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, notably a former headteacher and police officer, an ex-nurse and a previous care home worker. A number of candidates are self-employed and others work in the creative industries. Several candidates work with animals and the natural world, including a food grower, a wildlife worker and a marine conservation campaigner.
Claire Critchison, Green Party candidate for Chale, Niton and Shorwell, said:
“Our beautiful Isle of Wight countryside needs protection from large scale housing developments, and Island residents need a council which protects our most vulnerable people. Green Party councillor candidates have been working for years in our local communities, through volunteering, campaigning and supporting residents and businesses through the difficult times. Now we are ready and prepared to take our seats in County Hall, and work for a greener, fairer Isle of Wight.”
Island Echo has launched www.isleofwight.vote – your one-stop-shop for information about candidates in the local and town/parish elections.