Otter Valley candidates get ready for County Council elections

The candidates for the Devon County Council election in the Otter Valley ward

The candidates for the Devon County Council election in the Otter Valley ward - Credit: Submitted

Voters in the Otter Valley ward are set to go to the polls on May 6 to determine who should represent them on Devon County Council.

There is one seat available in this ward and the candidates are as follows: 


Jess Bailey (Independent)

Jess Bailey (Independent)

Jess Bailey (Independent) - Credit: Jess Bailey

I consider myself fortunate to live in the wonderful Otter Valley with my husband and children. I hope on May 6 I will be granted the honour of succeeding Claire Wright, and carrying on her work on Devon County Council. 
I want to maintain and improve the work of the schools in Newton Poppleford, Otterton, Ottery St Mary and West Hill. And to ensure a thriving school in Tipton St John School. I want to develop community speed watch initiatives and achieve better road safety. I will oppose the damaging proposal for a quarry at Straitgate Farm west of Ottery.
 
Steve Bloomfield (Labour)

Steve Bloomfield (Labour)

Steve Bloomfield (Labour) - Credit: Steve Bloomfield

I retired from UNISON as Head of Utilities after 37 years. In the 1980s I served as a Councillor in Basingstoke and spokesman on planning and the economy. In addition, I served on two boards of school governors.
I focus on achieving the best quality of life for all and stand against discrimination. Most Otter Valley voters are concerned about the environment, air quality, the water we drink or swim in and the flora. However, there are social concerns, low pay, poor mental health, and inadequate public transport services.
I believe I would make a good representative for Otter Valley.  
 

Luke Gray (Green Party)

Luke Gray (Green Party)

Luke Gray (Green Party) - Credit: Luke Gray

I moved to Devon in 1992 to teach History at King's. I'd taught in Inner London before that. Since retiring I'm working part time at my wife's dental practice and at 57 I'm training as a dental nurse. We have four kids aged 14 to 20. Devon was a great place to live and raise our family. That's why I support The Green Party. I want our kids and their children to have that opportunity. If we don't do more to preserve this beautiful environment now then it won't be there for them. Please give me your support and vote Green.
 

Charlie Hobson (Conservatives)

Charlie Hobson (Conservatives)

Charlie Hobson (Conservatives) - Credit: Charlie Hobson

I’ve asked myself months ago why I’m standing for Devon County Council? The answer is simple. Devon is the best place to live and I’m grateful my children grew up in devon. The county has been well run by the Conservatives and I want to help. I’m committed to their pursuit for more investment in social care, education and sustaining a safe life. I’ll work for us all to achieve this. I hope that my experience in administration from my military career and charitable work for those in need will guide me to make a difference.
 

Jake Slee (Liberal Democrats)

Jake Slee (Liberal Democrats)

Jake Slee (Liberal Democrats) - Credit: Jake Slee


Devon born and bred, first in his family to go to university, passionate about making Devon a cleaner, greener county. The pandemic closed Jake’s business, now South West LibDem Development Officer, he’s against politics based on media personalities, and unusual contracts and use of public money. His priorities include tackling climate change; protecting and developing sustainable, skilled jobs “I want to see small businesses supported through our county’s recovery”; and looking after vulnerable people. He believes, at all levels of government, it needs a national party approach to change current Tory administrations.

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