Five candidates to stand in Exeter by-election for Devon County Council seat

The candidates for a by-election set to take place in Exeter have been announced.

Emma Brennan, who represented the Heavitree and Whipton ward for the Labour Party, stepped down from Devon County Council earlier in the month, with no reason for her resignation announced.

A by-election to elect her replacement is set to take place on Thursday, October 24.

Candidates from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, and the For Britain Movement will contest the election.

The nominated candidates are:

  • John Harvey (Conservatives)
  • Frankie Rufolo (For Britain Movement)
  • Greg Sheldon (Labour)
  • Rowena Squires (Liberal Democrats)
  • Lizzie Woodman (Green)

Anyone wishing to vote must be registered by Tuesday, October 8, and the election will take place on Thursday, October 24.

The councillor election in the by-election will serve until May 2021, when the next elections are due to take place.

Hoping to retain the seat for Labour is Cllr Greg Sheldon, who currently represents Heavitree on Exeter City Council and chairs the Corporate Services Committee.

He has been a member of the city council since 1996 and has very strong connections to the local area, having lived there since he was eleven.

He said: “I’m really thrilled to have been selected as Labour’s candidate for forthcoming Devon County Council by-election, and I’m humbled that local members have put their faith in me so decisively.”

The current composition of Devon County Council is:

  • Conservatives – 42
  • Labour – 6
  • Liberal Democrats – 6
  • Independent – 2
  • Green Party – 1
  • East Devon Alliance – 1
  • Non-aligned Liberal – 1
  • Vacant – 1

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