I am standing as a candidate in a local town and borough council by-election here in Owlsmoor, Sandhurst for the Lib Dems. The election is on the 25th February and was called following the sad death of councillor Ray Simonds.
I did tweet about this a couple of weeks ago but did not want to blog until the candidate list was officially announced which it now has been. I am intending to do some blogposts about how the campaign is going over the next few weeks.
It is the first time I have stood for elected office and I am finding the whole process so far fascinating. I have already had some pictures done (see above right for an example with our local PPC Ray Earwicker) and we have produced an election focus leaflet with my name and face all over it. That was a bit surreal at first but I am getting used to it!
I spent a good few hours canvassing last weekend and generally got a very welcome reception. Lots of people I spoke to said that they have not seen their Conservative councillors for years (they dominate the local councils) and certainly not between elections. I find this quite odd as I know from Lib Dem councillors in neighbouring constituencies that they are always out and about knocking on doors and speaking to people. That's certainly the sort of councillor I would be if I was to be elected.
Anyway I will keep you updated as to how it all goes between now and the 25th...
Oh and any help from any Lib Dems who can get over this way would be greatly appreciated! Drop me an e-mail if you can.