Basildon Local Elections
We are pleased to announce that we have now completed our selection process for our candidates for the Basildon local elections on 5th May, 2016:
Fryerns – Adele Brown
Sitting Councillor Adele Brown will be looking to retain her seat. Adele has got to know many members of the local community over the last few years and has been happy to help and support so many residents. She is hoping for the honour of being able to represent residents for 4 more years.
Laindon Park – Lewis Blaney
John Scarola has taken the tough decision not to seek re-election. We would like to thank John for the hard work and dedication he has shown to his residents over the last 4 years. We have selected Lewis Blaney as our new candidate. Lewis was born and raised in Basildon and is now raising his own family in Laindon. Lewis is a passionate defender of the NHS and other public services. Says Lewis “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to stand to be Laindon Park’s Councillor. I want to work hard to represent the community I grew up in and over the coming months I look forward to talking with many of you about how we get people’s voices back into the council.”
Langdon Hills – Alexander Harrison
Local lad, Alexander Harrison has been selected as our candidate in Langdon Hills. Says Alex “I spent my whole life in Langdon Hills and it is great to finally get the chance to represent the ward.”
Lee Chapel North – Andrew Gordon
Andrew Gordon has been selected as the candidate for Lee Chapel North. Andrew is well known for serving as one of our borough’s youngest ever councillors between 2011 and 2015. He is a champion for both young people and mental health issues. He has been a fantastic support for local residents taking on the Tory Administration against their many ludicrous decisions. Says Andrew “I am delighted to have been selected to stand for the opportunity to be your councillor. I am looking forward to meeting many of you over the coming months and to discuss your concerns and issues.”
Nethermayne – Graham Herbing
Local resident Graham Herbing has been selected to win the Nethermayne seat. Says Graham “I am looking forward to campaigning for a fairer Basildon and representing the residents with any of their issues.”
Pitsea North West – Gavin Callaghan
Gavin Callaghan has made a big impression on the Pitsea community and has been reselected to defend his seat. Says Gavin “Over the last 4 years I have worked hard for the people of Pitsea North West on a number of campaigns including the relocation of the Felmores Bail Hostel and the recladding of homes there as well as opposing Essex Police Cuts. I will be campaigning for 4 more years to finish what I started.
Pitsea South East – Kayode Adenrian
Basildon born Kayode Adeniran has been selected to fight the Pitsea South East seat after Aidan McGurran made the decision not to seek re-election for personal reasons.
Says Kayode “I’m really proud to be your labour candidate for Pitsea South East and look forward to talking to local residents about the issues that matter to you as well as how we can work together to provide a more effective council that actually deals with local issues. Living in Basildon, and having gone to school locally, I’m aware of the problems that the conservative led council have caused, whether it’s been the Pitsea market regeneration, or even street lighting. I’m determined to continue the good work that’s been done by Aidan Mcgurran over the last four years.”
Says Aidan “It has been a privilege to represent Pitsea South East for the last four years. I have met some wonderful people and it was a difficult decision not to put myself forward again. I have enjoyed my time serving the people of Pitsea and learned a great deal from the experience. I look forward to working closely with Kayode in the coming months to ensure constituents still have a Labour councillor to represent them.”
St Martin’s – David Burton-Sampson
Local community activist David Burton-Sampson has been selected to fight to win the St. Martin’s seat. Says David, “I am delighted to have been selected and to have been given the opportunity to potentially serve the residents of St. Martin’s. I hope to prove over the coming months how hard I work within our community and how dedicated I am to this role. But most importantly I want to represent and help local residents as we fight to create a fairer Basildon for all.”
Vange – Kayte Block
Kayte Block has been selected to represent the residents of Vange as Byron Taylor steps down to spend more time with his family. Says Kayte “I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity and I look forward to working with Cllr McGeorge and meeting as many local residents as possible over the coming months.”
Say Byron “After four years of hard work for the people of Vange, I have decided to step down from the Council to pursue other interests. I would like to thank residents, council officers, and Party activists for all the support they have shown me over the last four years.”