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Your Exeter City Council Candidates

On the 5th May 2022, you have the opportunity to vote in local elections for Exeter City Council. 13 seats across Exeter are up for election that were last fought in 2018. Plus four by-elections, including three Labour resignations, mean voters in Exwick, Heavitree, Pennsylvania, and Priory will be able to vote for two candidates.

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.

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 that we are best able to represent the communities we stand up for.

Our manifesto for the City Council, entitled ' A Better Tomorrow', unites the five themes of Affordable Housing, Improving our Environment, Safer Streets, Services that Deliver, and Empowering Exeter's Communities. Read and support our pan 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.

Kevin Mitchell for Duryard & St James

Kevin Mitchell

Kevin 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 Co-Leader of the Progressive Group within the City Council and very much believes in cross party cooperation to ensure the best for Exeter.

Joanne Giencke for Exwick

Joanne Giencke

Joanne has lived in Exeter for over 20 Years and has a professional background in medical purchasing within the NHS and in the private sector. Exeter is a growing city and sustainability, environmental protection should be at its forefront. Creative solutions are required now and there are positive examples utilizing waste, turning it into revenue streams whilst reducing the environmental impact we can learn from.

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.

Phil Brock for Heavitree

Phil Brock

Phil was born and educated in Bude, North Cornwall, but moved to Exeter in 1970 whilst working for the Royal Mail. He became self-employed in 1979 and retired in 2019. He was first elected to the city council in 1994 and represented the city until 2012. He was also a member of Devon County Council for 8 years (2005-2013). Housing and the Environment are top of Phil's interests and concerns. He believes strongly in community politics and would encourage more funding within local areas. He will always support cross party co-operation for the good and benefit of local residents and Exeter. He has been politically active since the age of 16, and since retiring has more time to devote to his various interests.

Kris Mears for Heavitree

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 thirdyear 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.

Mike Payne for Mincinglake & Whipton

Mike Payne

Lily James for Newtown & St Leonards

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 final year studying Politics at the University of Exeter. Lily is particularly concerned about tackling poverty, deprivation and inequality in Exeter, and would work hard to provide Newtown and St Leonard's with a strong voice on Exeter City Council. As a young candidate, she would bring a fresh perspective to city council politics and be a voice for young people across the city.

Will Aczel for Pennsylvania

Will Aczel

Will grew up in the local area and attended Stoke Hill school, where his mum continues to teach music. Will enjoys walking his dog, Ayla, in local parks and, having studied Geography at Bristol, is a vocal supporter for the environment. In particular: ensuring we have cleaner air to breathe, sustainable food to eat and kerbside food waste & glass recycling. He works at Aris Healthy Life, a food store and cafe on Sidwell Street that is a hub for local, natural & organic produce. Will passionately believes in putting community & environment before party politics. Follow his campaigning on Facebook here.

Nigel Williams for Pennsylvania

Nigel Williams

Nigel lives and has brought up his family in Pennsylvania. He believes the Lib Dems offer a good vision for the city. Nigel said:


"I look forward to empowering the interests of Exeter's communities so that we have safer streets, more affordable housing, services that work well for the city, and a healthier environment. Some of our planning decisions have not put the long-term future of our housing stock first and too often it seems developers' needs come first. This needs to change."


With a background in education and workplace negotiation, Nigel is well placed to argue on behalf of Pennsylvania for a fairer society which puts community at its centre.

Christine Campion for Pinhoe

Christine Campion

Christine is a committed and experienced campaigner. Her priorities are:
To improve and protect the environment around Pinhoe 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 Pinhoe being taken for granted. For too long Pinhoe has been taken for granted by the Labour-led City Council. This has to stop. Pinhoe deserves a Councillor that will stand up for local people and speak out when needed and that is what I will do.

Philip Thomas for Priory

Philip Thomas

Philip Thomas moved to Exeter five years ago and has lived in Priory Ward for four of those years. He works as a physicist at the University of Exeter and volunteers at his local church.

Philip is a strong supporter of transparent, collaborative decision making in local government. If elected councillor, one of his priorities will be to work hard to improve the Council's transparency and accountability. He has spoken to other Priory Ward residents who feel taken for granted by the Labour Council, for example regarding the handling of the development of Edwards Court.

Andrew Soper for St David's

Andrew Soper

Andrew is a passionate advocate for allotments. He would like to see allotments, parks and our environment being better cared for. Andrew would also like to see major reform to bus services in Exeter, including an all electric powered fleet by 2025.

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.

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)