Nominations are now open for the May 2012 Council elections. Hartlepool is having an “all out” election this time due to reduction in councillor numbers from 47 down to 33, boundary changes reducing the wards from 17 down to 11 and ward re-naming. This means everyone will get three votes and will be electing three councillors to represent them. The candidate with the most votes will serve for a four year term, the second place candidate will get three years and the third placed candidate will serve for two years. There will be no councillor elections in 2013.
When Putting Hartlepool First launched at our public meeting in January we set ourselves a target of having a candidate in each of the 11 wards. This morning (Wednesday 28th March) the Party Leader, Geoff Lilley, and Party Nominating Officer, Stephen Allison, handed in 16 completed nomination packs to the elections office in Hartlepool Civic Centre. This was the first tranche of the nominations and there are more to follow.
The elections office confirmed just after lunchtime that 16 valid nominations had been accepted. Putting Hartlepool First have therefore succeeded in their first aim of having a candidate in every ward for the May Elections and in some wards have even managed to field a full slate of three candidates.
Nominations close at noon on 4th April and then the battle for votes starts in earnest. Anyone interested in helping with the fight to put Hartlepool First would be very welcome to get involved in the campaign. Join us and let's make a difference. Let's put Hartlepool First.