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Your Devon County Council Candidates

On the 6th May 2021, you have the opportunity to vote in three sets of elections: for Exeter City Council, Devon County Council, and for our Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Exeter City Council is responsible for bins and recycling, housing, and planning permission. Whereas Devon County Council is responsible for transport, health and social care, and education. PCCs oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area and Brian Blake is the Lib Dem Candidate for Devon and Cornwall. Follow his campaign on Facebook here.

Our manifesto for the County, entitled ' Six-to-Fix', sets out our priorities for the next four years:

  • Fix the potholes, unblock the drains, bring back regular maintenance.
  • Back jobs with a 'Made in Devon' campaign promoting buying from local businesses, traders and craftspeople.
  • Bring care services back under council control and open new council-run care homes.
  • Listen to local residents and communities. No more 'County Hall knows best'.
  • Launch 'Green Devon' - create green jobs, invest in making Devon carbon neutral and protect our beautiful environment.
  • Invest in our children - fix our failing Children's Services, support young people's mental health services and campaign for fair funding for Devon's schools.

. Read more detail on the manifesto here.

Your Devon County Council Candidates

Rod Ruffle for Alphington & Cowick

Rod Ruffle

Rod is an experienced former City and County councillor for Alphington with over 20 years' service. He came to Exeter in the cold winter of 1962/63 and with only a few short breaks has lived and worked in city ever since.

He is proud of Liberal Democrat policy values on individual liberty but experience has taught him not to let political dogma stand in the way of cross party co-operation which promotes the common good.

Finally councillors do not have a monopoly on wisdom and he promises to listen to any ideas to improve existing practices.

Michael Mitchell for Duryard & Pennsylvania

Michael Mitchell Exeter

Michael is a former teacher and university lecturer who has lived in Exeter for over 30 years. A seasoned Liberal Democrat campaigner, he is currently a ward councillor for the Duryard and St James ward on Exeter City Council. He is a past member of East Devon District Council and has fought three general elections. He is currently the local party Chair for Exeter Liberal Democrats. He is a committed community campaigner who believes that councillors should represent the needs of local residents and his political label tells you the way he thinks not how he votes.

Maya Skelton for Exwick & St Thomas

Maya Skelton

I've lived in Exeter for the past two years, studying history at the University, and absolutely love this city. Before moving here, I lived in Chippenham, where I was actively engaged in promoting youth engagement and charity work within the county. I've worked with the Wiltshire Council Local Youth Network, Wiltshire Council BID and Hardenhuish School Governors to champion young people's voices and interests in my local area, and with our local MP to lead debates on how conversations around politics need to change. I hope one day to become a teacher and have lots of ideas about how to reform and improve education in Exwick to increase skills retention and provide better job opportunities for young people as they leave education. Bringing a new voice to the Council, I want to reform the way Exeter City Council engages with residents and will work to ensure your children's voices are heard at local Council meetings, with increased and improved services for youth engagement and entertainment.

Lily James for Heavitree & Whipton Barton

Lily James

Lily is a Liberal Democrat campaigner who first joined the party in 2017. She was born and raised in Devon and is now in her second year studying Politics at the University of Exeter. Lily is particularly concerned about tackling poverty, deprivation and inequality in Exeter and across Devon. As a young candidate, she would bring a fresh perspective to county council politics and be a voice for young people across the county.

Harry Mayall for Pinhoe & Mincinglake

Harry Mayall

Hi I'm Harry Mayall, I'm a medical student at Cardiff University but I've lived by Pinhoe for over a decade after moving to the UK from New Zealand. I care a lot about the housing developments taking place in Pinhoe and believe strongly that need to feel like a part of Pinhoe. The Coronavirus pandemic has taught us the importance of local amenities and infrastructure and I would love to champion those causes for you.

Joel Hambly for St David's & Haven Banks

Joel Hambly

Joel is a second year student at the University of Exeter, where he is studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He is a Liberal Democrat activist who first joined the party in 2019 and is passionate about creating a fairer society that works for local people. He is also a strong advocate for getting young people interested in politics and would be a voice for all younger people in Exeter, and across the county.

Kevin Mitchell for St Sidwell's and St James

Cllr Kevin Mitchell

Kevin is 45 years old and was born, raised and educated within Exeter. He qualified as a nurse in 1999 and has worked at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Hospital for 20 years. He is currently a Clinical Nurse Specialist caring for cancer patients with Melanoma and Sarcoma. Kevin was elected to the City Council in 2003 and has a passion for community politics. He is currently the Leader of the Progressive Group within the City Council and very much believes in cross party cooperation to ensure the best for Exeter.

Kevin has a proven record of working with Independent Councillor Jemima Moore within Newtown and St Leonards and he has the experience required to move Devon forward post the pandemic.

Christine Campion for Wearside & Topsham

Christine Campion

Christine is a committed and experienced campaigner. Her priorities are:
To improve and protect the environment around Topsham and Exeter,
To protect and invest in community spaces across the City and to campaign against Labour's disastrous over-development of our city
To fight for better investment in our schools, health service and police force

Let's stop Topsham being taken for granted. For too long Topsham has been taken for granted by both the Conservatives and Labour. Conservative Councillors have failed to stand up for local residents and the Labour-led City Council have ignored the wishes of those who live in Topsham. Whether it be Topsham Gap developments or Fire Station closure, the voice of Topsham isn't being heard. This has to stop.

Topsham deserves a Councillor that will stand up for local people and speak out when needed and that is what I will do.

Kristen Mears for Wonford & St Loyes

Kristen Mears

Kris has recently become involved in local politics while also working on an English Literature degree. She has family ties to the area and is currently in her second year at the University of Exeter. As a student, she would be able to represent the student voice and the perspective of young people in the county, with fresh ideas in the party. She particularly values increasing safety and improving education in the local area.

Not sure which ward you live in? Use our map below and the polling station finder.

Devon County Council ward boundaries for Exeter (Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2021)