THE four main political parties on Bristol City Council have announced their candidates for the forthcoming Southmead by-election.
The by-election is being held next month after former councillor Jacqueline Bowles stepped down due to ill-health.
Dr Bowles, who has been undergoing treatment for cancer, was elected as a Liberal Democrat councillor in 2009.
But historically the seat has long been a Labour stronghold, and the main opposition group in the council chamber will be hoping to make another gain following their successes at the local elections in May.
Whoever wins the seat, the result will have little impact on the running of the council, as the Lib Dems already run a minority administration.
Self-employed businessman Barry Cash is the Lib Dem candidate for the seat.
Mr Cash, 60 of Fenton Road, says he wants to carry on the work of his predecessor Dr Bowles.
Born and bred in Bristol, he wants to help create more job opportunities in Southmead, more affordable housing, and tackle antisocial behaviour.
The Labour candidate for the election is Brenda Massey, 64, of Doncaster Road.
Mrs Massey is chairman of the Bristol North West constituency for Labour and chairman of governors for Filton Avenue Junior School.
She has also been a member of the Bristol North West Labour Party’s Women’s Forum.
The Conservative candidate is Ronda Brace, who was one of the campaigners against the city council’s plan to sell off green spaces last year.
Mrs Brace fought to save sites in the Southmead area like Okebourne and Elderberry Walk from potential residential development.
She is currently working to save the youth centre in Greystoke Avenue.
She has also opposed the planned traveller site at the former Dunmail School.
She lives at Lanercost Road.
She is married to Stephen, who was awarded a gold star by the Bristol Evening Post for saving a child’s life at Blaise Castle.
Social care manager Chris Millman, 53, is the Green Party candidate
The Coombe Dingle resident currently works for the Green Party as a conference organiser and for ten years was the warden of Arncliffe sheltered housing scheme.
He has also been a member of the board of trustees of Southmead development trust, a governor at Badock’s Wood School, and chairman of Southmead Sports Association.
Without the Southmead seat the current make-up of the council sees the Lib Dems hold 32 seats, Labour 21, the Conservatives 14 and the Green Party two.
The by-election will take place on Thursday, September 8.
Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm and the count will take place at The Greenway Centre, Southmead.
Polling cards have already been issued to registered Southmead electors.
The deadline for new voter registrations, postal vote applications or changes and amendments to existing proxy appointments is in 11 days’ time, on Tuesday, August 23.