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Your Exeter City 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.

We are continuing to work cooperatively on the City Council through the Progressive Group, comprised of Lib Dems, Green, and Independent members. There is no whip in the progressive group so we are free to best represent you and Exeter. To provide proper opposition to the Labour-dominated council, the Greens will stand aside in Duryard & St James, Pennsylvania, and St Thomas, and we will stand aside in Heavitree, Newtown & St Leonards, and St David's.

Our manifesto for the city, entitled ' A Better Tomorrow', develops a range of policy ideas for the city based on three themes;' Investing in all of Exeter',' A Green and Healthy city' and thirdly 'An open, democratic and accountable council. Read the full manifesto here.

Your Exeter City Council Candidates

Rod Ruffle for Alphington

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.

Will Aczel for Duryard & St James

Will Aczel

I am young and a local, having lived on Thornton Hill for the past 14 years. I want to do more for the environment. From ensuring the thorough rollout of door-to-door food waste and glass recycling to protecting parks that are so important for nature as well as physical, and mental health. I would do a better job, ensuring better quality services and value for money, because I will put you and Exeter ahead of party politics. Community, Caring, Environment. Follow my campaign on Facebook here.

Maya Skelton for Exwick

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.

Felix Brett for Mincinglake & Whipton

Felix Brett

My name is Felix Brett and I'm a politics undergraduate student originally from London, I've run before for the Exeter City Council Elections in May of 2019. I love the Devon area and I'm keen to be involved in local politics and local government, having spent enough time canvassing across the whole county. My main concerns are to improve public transport and recycling in Exeter.

Nigel Williams for Pennsylvania

Nigel Williams

I am pleased to have been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Pennsylvania in the city council elections. I have lived in the ward for the last 26 years with my family and in Exeter for most of my working life. I hope to bring to our community Liberal Democrat values around equality and fairness to ensure the best quality of life for all residents and to encourage the development of the city to maintain it's great prospects and future. I have worked in the education sector most of my working life and I have been active trade union supporter. I look forward to working with all stakeholders to help keep Exeter being the great city it can so often be.

Harry Mayall for Pinhoe

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 Punwani for Priory

Joel Punwani

I've been a local activist and campaigner for years, working with our amazing sitting Cllrs, and people all across our beautiful city. Marching with climate protesters in the biggest protest in Exeter's recorded history last year, I saw that the people of Exeter want change. They want a Council that works for them, that cares and that doesn't take their votes for granted. That's what Priory needs, and why you should vote Lib Dem.

Kristen Mears for 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.

Adrian Fullam for St Thomas

Adrian Fullam

Adrian Fullam is an experienced campaigner, serving as a Liberal Democrat Councillor for St Thomas in Exeter from 2003 to 2015. He was the first ever Liberal Democrat Leader of Exeter City Council, serving from 2008 to 2010.

Adrian passionately believes in open and collaborative democracy and lively public debate characterised his time in office. He strongly believes in sustainable custodianship of Council resources and rejects the 'borrow and cut' culture of the current Labour administration.

Key achievements include facilitating a number of community-focussed schemes to manage parking and traffic management, playing a leading role in the introduction of a comprehensive street cleaning system and stabilising Exeter City Council's finances and services during the financial crisis in 2008.

Above all, Adrian is proud of his reputation as a vocal and forthright representative of his community in St Thomas.

Christine Campion for 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.

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

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