Groves to stand in Highbridge County Council election in May
councillor Helen Groves will be standing in Highbridge's county
council elections next year - a switch caused by the recent resignation
of Lib Dem Joe Leach.
Groves had announced earlier
this year that she would stand in the Burnham North election
next May to face incumbent Conservative county councillor Peter
Leach's resignation as a district councillor earlier this
month saw him give up his bid to run for the county council seat
Groves has therefore switched over to face current Conservative
councillor Cllr John Woodman in the Highbridge seat instead. She
will also be running in January's separate district
council by-election in the Highbridge and Marine ward.
She told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "At the time I was
selected as a Candidate for the Burnham North seat for the County
Council elections next year, I had full confidence that Highbridge
was in safe hands. In light of Joe's resignation we as a group
and I as an individual have needed to carefully consider how best
we might support our communities."
"We will now face a by-election and it is vitally important
that Highbridge has a voice at district - a voice that cares and
understands the needs and aspirations of the Town. I love this
Town and its community - you have supported me and mine through
good and bad times and I hope to have the opportunity to repay
your kindness by working with you to influence the decisions the
district authority makes on our behalf."
"I recognise that you may feel disenchanted with politicians,
I don't blame you, I am disenchanted myself. But I do with my
whole heart believe the only way we change this is by ensuring
those we elect are those who really care and are motivate by community
rather than self of political interest. I won't ask you to take
my word but to judge on the merit of my actions since elected.
I am not a good politicain - because I am not a politician at
all, but I am a passionate and determined advocate for my community."
"I cannot promise you the earth but I can promise you I
will be honest with you, I will always answer to you, listen to
you and will trust you to know what is best for your community.
I believe that without listening and accepting that your hopes
and concerns are the priority neither I nor anyone else can hope
to truly represent you and ensure your voices are heard."