I started thinking about next year’s local elections after wrapping up coverage of the recent Assembly election. I wasn’t sure when candidates would be announced so I’ve just been keeping an eye on the party groups’ Twitter accounts for any news.
The first candidate I spotted was Jen Davies, who posted a photo of Llandaff North and had, “Labour Council Candidate for Llandaff North” in her profile. I contacted her and she confirmed she was standing with current councillor Dilwar Ali. This kicked off the process of tracking down the other candidates. There were 97 candidates in 2012 so this may take a while.
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In previous elections I’ve attended hustings, published profiles and shared campaign leaflets. This will be hard to repeat with the increased number of candidates so I need to think how I can make the process more efficient and ensure the coverage is fair.
With a small number of candidates I was able to build up a relationship with them and they were happy to send me information. I can foresee some candidates not responding if they don’t know the site or don’t see any benefit in engaging with it. I’m hoping to get in touch with local party staff who can encourage them to get involved.
The other issue I can see is members of smaller parties or independent candidates that don’t know about this site or don’t have an online presence.
This is where I need help from readers to share the site and help it get noticed on social media. If you support what we do and would like to be involved, please get in touch.
The most important thing for me is to find out who the candidates are and make this information available to as many people as possible. The next challenge is to find out more about them and why they think they should get your vote.
I’m going to create an online questionnaire for each candidate to complete, which will be published on dedicated candidate pages.
Do you have any suggestions for questions to ask the candidates?
You can Tweet us with the hashtag #atcnc (Ask The Cardiff North Candidates) or send a question by email.
We’ve created a dedicated page for the ever-growing list of candidates standing for election next year.
Independent Heath councillor Fenella Bowden has confirmed she’s standing for re-election, along with Conservative Rhiwbina councillors Jayne Cowan and Adrian Robson.
Joy Coughlan and David Hamblin are standing in Gabalfa for Labour.
Former AM Jonathan Morgan posted on Twitter that the Whitchurch and Tongwynlais ward will be contested by Mike Phillips, Linda Morgan, Tim Davies and Mike Jones-Pritchard for the Conservatives.
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With an eye on next year’s local council elections, we’ve had our ear to the ground to find out who the candidates will be.
Jen Davies and Dilwar Ali are the Labour candidates in Llandaff North and they’ve already been knocking doors this weekend!
Over in Whitchurch and Tongwynlais, Maegan Davies-John and Hannah Buckingham are two of the four Labour candidates. Hannah and Maegan have also been out canvassing today. We’re waiting for official confirmation for the other two candidates so stay tuned.
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We’re in the middle of Local Democracy Week and councils all over the country are engaging with communities to help them understand what the role of the council is.
Cardiff Youth Council have produced a video called “Whose City Is This” that describes the different levels of representation we have.
The leader of The City of Cardiff Council and Llanishen Councillor, Phil Bale, explains how the council are, “taking the public cabinet on the road” to mark Local Democracy Week. The council have a dedicated page with links to information and tools.
The next local council elections are in May 2017 and the process of selecting candidates is already underway.
We’ve already started collating a list of candidates in Cardiff North and we urge local parties and independent candidates to get in touch.
If you’re unsure what a councillor does, there are some videos from the Welsh Government featuring councillors in South Wales talking about their role. The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) have a guide for candidates that explains what the role involves and how to become a candidate.
In this video Councillors from local authorities in South Wales – including Rhiwbina Councillor Jayne Cowan – discuss how they got involved in local government, the challenges they have faced and why it is important to have a diverse representation on our Councils.
We’ve asked the current Cardiff North Councillors to write for us explaining what their typical week involves and we’ll publish these over the coming weeks.