With the local elections fast approaching on May 2nd 2019 we are pleased to announce the following candidates...
- Allington Ward - Cynthia Robertson
- Bearsted Ward - Ian Chittenden
- Boxley Ward - Michael Thompson
- Coxheath & Hunton Ward - Richard Webb
- Detling & Thurnham Ward - Andrew Cockersole
- East Ward - David Naghi
- Fant Ward - David Pickett
- High Street Ward - Dinesh Khadka
- Loose Ward - Susan Grigg
- Shepway North Ward - Michael Hicks
- South Ward - Brian Clark
- Staplehurst Ward - Andrew Watson
- Sutton Valence & Langley Ward - Richard Francis
Allington Ward - Cynthia Robertson
Candidate 2019, Allington Ward Borough Councillor, Maidstone Borough Councillors
16 Ernest Drive
Maidstone ME16 0QS
Bearsted Ward - Ian Chittenden
Candidate 2019 MBC local elections, Maidstone North East Division, Our Kent County Councillors
C/o Members Desk
01622 630867 (landline)
07880 798163 (mobile)
Ian is 65 and retired in 2009 after 40 years as a senior manager with a major contractor in the construction industry. He has lived in Maidstone for nearly 40 years with his wife and has two grown up children and four grandchildren.
He has been a County Councillor for the Maidstone North East Division since 2008 and has just been elected for his third term. He has also been a Maidstone Borough Councillor. He has previously been a member of the Kent Police Authority where he led on roads policing, and was Chairman of the Strategic Committee of Kents Road Casualty Reduction Partnership. He has previously been Chairman of the Vinters Park Residents Association and was a Bearsted Parish Councillor for twelve years.
Ian is a trustee of the Howard de Walden Centre in Bluett Street, providing community facilities for various local organisations.
He is the KCC Lib Dem Group Spokesperson on the Environment, Highways and Waste Cabinet Committee and, also sits on the Planning Committee at KCC.
"My priorities will be for the next four years, if elected back onto the MBC, include fighting to improve the condition of our local roads and footways, protecting our countryside and green spaces, improving local community facilities and especially dealing with issues raised by local residents".
Boxley Ward - Michael Thompson
07533 737 436 (mobile)
Mike Thompson is Maidstone born and bred.
He attended primary schools in Maidstone and Maidstone Grammar School, prior to studying modern languages at Oxford.
After living in Oxford, Germany, Nottingham, Liverpool and Watford, Mike returned to Kent and was an Education Officer with Kent County Council for 30 years. After "retirement" from KCC, he returned to teaching and taught in a variety of primary, secondary and special schools and pupil referral units across the County.
Mike has three sons, a daughter and three grandchildren. He is a school governor in Tunbridge Wells and a student at the London Czech Centre. He enjoys walking in the wonderful Kent countryside (with or without his dog) and watching football and cricket.
"I am delighted to be standing for election in Boxley ward. I believe that, although parts of Boxley are on the edge of the Borough that does not mean that their needs are in any way unimportant and, if elected, will strive to ensure that our voices are heard.
Two of my children grew up in Maidstone and attended local schools throughout their time in education: they had a safe, clean and healthy environment to grow up in and I want to do my best to ensure that future generations have the same.
As a regular church-goer, I am totally committed to a tolerant and inclusive society where every person can expect to be treated fairly and as a life-long Liberal Democrat, I believe passionately in empowering local communities. If elected, I will strive to represent everybody across the ward."
Coxheath and Hunton Ward - Richard Webb
Candidate 2019, Coxheath and Hunton Borough Councillor, Maidstone Borough Councillors
3 Clock House Rise
01622 746701 (landline)
Richard is currently on the following committees.
East Ward - David Naghi
Candidates 2019, East Ward Borough Councillor, Maidstone Borough Councillors
19 Mote Avenue
01622 678 410 (landline)
- Cobtree Manor Estate Charity Committee (Substitute Member)
- Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee (Substitute Member)
- Licensing Act 2003 Sub Committee
- Licensing Committee
- Maidstone Joint Transportation Board (Substitute Member)
- Policy and Resources Committee
Fant Ward - David Pickett
140 Bower Street.
0776 307 3600 (mobile)
Email Address: none
Telephone No: 01622 681889
Mobile Number: 0776 307 3600
High Street Ward - Denish Khadka
Dinesh has lived with his family in Maidstone for 17 years and in High Street ward for 9 of those years. He is a food technologist working with a local supplier.
He is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Maidstone Community Mela and the Independent Police Advisory group relating to the Community. He is a Trustee of Collis Millennium Green Trust and helps run the Gurkha Boxing Club, open to all young people in Maidstone.
Dinesh says, "Traffic congestion and air pollution are a major concern affecting our Town Centre environment. With the increasing number of houses demanded by Government, the population of our Ward and Town Centre is raising serious concerns in relation to availability of local GP and other health facilities and the social and other infrastructure needed to support the changes. The maintenance of our green spaces and play areas, such as Mote Park, South Park and Collis Field will also be one of my priorities."
He further commented, "Having worked with the local Lib Dems in High Street ward for many years, I am delighted to have been selected to stand for the Borough Council on the 2nd May following Fran Wilson's decision to stand down as ward Councillor and leader of the Borough Council after a long and excellent record of service to local residents. If elected dealing with residents' concerns and problems will be my number one priority."
Loose Ward - Sue Grigg
Candidate 2019, Loose Ward Councillor, Maidstone Borough Councillors
2 Old Loose Close
01622 749867 (landline)
07706 052495 (mobile)
South Ward - Brian Clark
Candidates 2019, South Ward Borough Councillor, Maidstone Borough Councillors
83 Boughton Lane
07963 757767 (mobile)