Four new local campaigners have been confirmed as Conservative candidates for Shropshire Council elections in May next year.
In Bridgnorth West & Tasley, local campaigner Tim Harris will stand alongside longstanding councillor Les Winwood; and well-known Mayor of Bridgnorth Kirstie Hurst-Knight will join Christian Lea in campaigning for Bridgnorth East & Astley Abbotts.
Current Bridgnorth Councillor Elliott Lynch will move to stand in his home ward of Alveley & Claverley, while local businessman Richard Marshall will seek to replace longstanding Worfield Councillor Michael Wood.
Kirstie Hurst-Knight said: “As Mayor, I am never afraid to fly the flag for our great town. I am delighted to be selected to stand in Bridgnorth East & Astley Abbotts, and hope to take my passion for Bridgnorth to Shirehall and continue delivering for local residents.”
Cllr Christian Lea: “I am delighted that Kirstie is standing with me for Shropshire Council, having worked alongside her both as Mayor and previously as a town councillor. I know that she very much has the interest of the local community at heart and that she will be a strong and effective voice for Bridgnorth if elected to Shropshire Council”
Tim Harris said: “I am very pleased to be joining Les Winwood as a candidate in Bridgnorth West & Tasley. From speaking to lots of people around town, I have lots of ideas to take forward to make Bridgnorth an even better place to live, and look forward to setting out my plans over coming months.”
Cllr Les Winwood: “I have known Tim for the past four years and will look forward to working alongside him in continuing to represent Bridgnorth West Tasley if elected to Shropshire Council.”
Richard Marshall said: “Coming off the back of the coronavirus pandemic, it will be important to put in place a pro-growth agenda, to help businesses create jobs. I look forward to standing in Worfield to make sure this is delivered, alongside the needs of all residents of the ward.”
Cllr Michael Wood who has represented Worfield on Shropshire Council since 1993 said: “It reassures me greatly to have Richard standing in Worfield. His focus and drive will ensure residents’ concerns are met and Worfield continues to have a strong voice at Shirehall. I wish him all the best and encourage voters to support his campaign.”
Cllr Elliott Lynch said: “Being Councillor in Bridgnorth West & Tasley for the past four years has been a real privilege, but living in Alveley & Claverley ward, it feels right to seek to stand for the place I call home. I look forward to campaigning hard over the coming months. I know Tim is a committed local campaigner and would do an excellent job representing Bridgnorth West going forward.”
Cllr Tina Woodward:
“Elliott has proved himself to be an excellent advocate for Bridgnorth since election in 2017, and having worked alongside him these past four years, I have every confidence that he will be a strong representative for Alveley & Claverley and wish him well.”