Who could be representing you after the Colchester Borough Council election?
A full list of candidates standing in each ward in the Colchester Borough Council local election on May 2 has been revealed today.
The people of Essex will take to the polls to vote for their new local councillors, with candidates standing from across the political spectrum.
One of the three positions in each of Colchester Borough Council’s 17 wards will be open to election.
The authority is currently run by a so-called rainbow coalition, a joint administration of the Liberal Democrats (12), Labour (11) and the independent Highwoods group (3), with the Conservatives (25) in opposition.
All eyes will be on the strength of the coalition, which could lose control over the authority to the Conservative Party should they gain one extra councillor.
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Current council leader Mark Cory of the Liberal Democrats, who also serves as portfolio holder for strategy, will contest his position in the Wivenhoe ward.
Deputy leader Tim Young will also take to the campaign to retain his position as councillor for the Greenstead ward.
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A full list of wards and candidates below:
Mary Bryan (G), Fabian Green (C), Chris Pearson* (Lab), Mick Spindler (LD)
Mark Goacher (G), Darius Laws* (C), Victoria Weaver (Lab), Verity Woolley (LD)
John Clifton (G), Christopher Lee (Ind), Christopher Piggott (C), Chantelle-Louise Whyborn (LD), Tim Young* (Lab)
Jocelyn Law (Lab), Bev Oxford* (Ind), Stephen Rowe (C), Robbie Spence (G), Mick Turrell (LD)
Lexen & Braiswick Ward
Roger Bamforth (G), Lewis Barber* (C), Thomas Stevenson (LD), Conrad Winch (Lab)
Marks Tey & Layer Ward
Andrew Ellis* (C), Mark Hull (LD), Jan Plummer (Lab), Matt Stemp (G)
Mersea & Pyefleet Ward
John Akker (Ind), Peter Banks (G), David Broise (UKIP), Bry Mogdridge (Lab), Patricia Moore* (C), Carl Powling (Ind), Jenny Stevens (LD)
Mile End Ward
Phil Coleman* (LD), Amanda Kirke (G), Natalie Rowe (C), Sarah Ryder (Lab)
New Town & Christ Church Ward
Bob Brannan (G), Nick Cope* (LD), Carla Hales (C), Elisa Vasquez-Walters (Lab)
Old Heath & The Hythe Ward
Andrew Canessa (G), Adam Fox* (Lab), Mark Kiley (LD), Michael McDonnell (C)
Beverly Davies* (C), John Loxley (LD), Jamie Overland (Lab), Clare Palmer (G)
Rural North Ward
Sue Bailey (G), Will Brown (LD), Nigel Chapman* (C), Judith Short (Lab)
Shrub End Ward
Vic Flores* (C), Sam McCarthy (LD), Blake Roberts (G), Rosalind Scott (Lab)
St Anne’s & St John’s Ward
Helen Chuah* (LD), Megan Maltby (G), HK Norman (Lab), Thomas Rowe (C)
Katie Francis (G), Jeremy Hagon (C), Lesley Scott-Boutell* (LD), John Spademan (Lab)
Wolfgang Fauser (G), Gemma Graham (LD), Paul Jeffs (Lab), Barbara Wood* (C)
Jodie Clark (C), Mark Cory* (LD), John McArthur (G), Harry Nathan (Lab)
Key: C – Conservative, Lab – Labour, LD – Liberal Democrats, Ind – Independent, UKIP – UK Independence Party, G – Green Party.
The asterisk denotes a sitting councillor in that authority or its predecessor.