SIXTEEN candidates have put their names forward for election to Lyme Regis Town Council.
An election will be held on May 2 – the first full town council election for eight years – after it was announced today (Thursday) that 16 people had come forward for the 14 available seats.
The current Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, will stand for re-election, as well as existing town councillors John Broom, Richard Doney, Brian Larcombe MBE, Sean Larcombe, Steve Miller, Cheryl Reynolds, Jeff Scowen, Graham Turner and Stan Williams.
New candidates are Belinda Bawden, David Sarson, Kelsey Ellis, Leon Howe, David Ruffle and Gillian Stammers.
Kelsey Ellis, aged 19, is the youngest daughter of the mayor. If both are elected they will be the first mother and daughter duo to sit on the town council. Kelsey will also become the youngest ever town councillor in Lyme.
Most candidates have not stood under a political party. John Broom, Stan Williams and David Sarson have listed themselves as independent and Leon Howe, aged 20 – the youngest son of former town councillor Rikey Austin – is standing as a Labour candidate.
Existing town councillors not seeking re-election are Derek Hallett, Pat Hicks, former mayor Owen Lovell and Patrick Ridley.
No election in Charmouth
ONLY seven candidates have put themselves forward for the 11 seats at Charmouth Parish Council, meaning there will be no election in the village.
The seven candidates include existing council chairman Peter Noel and fellow existing councillors Judy Fellingham, Paul Oatway, Martin Sayers, Judith Sheppard and Kay Soloman.
The only new candidate is Maralyn Hinxman.
All seven will automatically take up office on May 2.
Former Lyme councillors stand in Bridport
FORMER Lyme Regis town councillors Lucy Campbell and Mark Gage hope to move their political careers to Bridport in the upcoming local elections.
Both have put themselves forward as Labour candidates for the Bridport South ward of the town council.
Mr Gage will also be contesting the Bridport seat on the new Dorset Council, while Miss Campbell will stand for the Eggardon ward, just outside Bridport.