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Langport by-election: Five candidates, two seats – who will win your approval?

By Western Gazette - South Somerset  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

DECISION TIME: Langport residents will go to the polls in a week’s time to choose two out of these five candidates, clockwise from left, Lynn Glenister, Jennifer McDonald, Colin Edwards, Adam Saunders and Clare Aparicio, to represent them on Langport Town Council

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Candidates standing in the upcoming Langport by-election are gearing up to try and win the public’s votes.

Each of the five hopefuls has put forward their case to secure one of two seats on Langport Town Council.

Electors will go to the polls on Thursday, November 15, to choose from Clare Aparicio, Colin Edwards, Lynn Glenister, Jennifer McDonald or Adam Saunders to be their representative.

Clare Aparicio, who runs a butchers in Langport, said she had never run for election but felt now is the right time.

She said: “I just want to be a voice for the people. I don’t have any particular agenda or belong to any political party.

“I think having someone on the council who knows about business would be a good thing and I hope people feel I have something to offer.”

Colin Edwards said he was embarrassed at the very poor turnout of just over 15 per cent at the last by-election in August, which he said was because voters were not given candidate information.

He said: “I know that the people of Langport are not apathetic, and that they care about their town.

“I don’t have an axe to grind. I just want to represent the views of ordinary Langport people.”

Lynn Glenister, who stood last time is standing again on her green credentials and community involvement.

She said: “I want to enhance Langport and make people aware of issues like litter and environmental education.”

Jennifer McDonald, 26, said she is standing because she is passionate the town’s independent shops, cafes and businesses and supporting facilities such as the library, youth club and community groups.

She said: “I love Langport and I’m proud to be a part of a vibrant and diverse community.”

Adam Saunders, 25, is the youngest candidate and said: “I have experience of planning and running large-scale events, fundraising, managing projects within tight budgets and hitting and exceeding targets.

“I have worked in local government before and I know I can help the people of Langport get want they need.”

Chris Osborne, chairman of Langport Town Council, said in the past councillors have been hard to find and he is pleased to see so many people volunteering to serve the community.

He urged residents to take a long, hard look at the candidates and then turn out and vote.

He criticised the last by-election – which was the first in more than a decade – as a ‘waste of money’.

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