Below is the latest post in our series of Q&As with election candidates standing to be councillors in Preston.Advertisement
The election takes place on Thursday 3 May 2012 and we’ve emailed this list of questions or posted it through every candidate’s door so you can find out what’s beyond the name on the ballot paper and what they will do for your local area if elected.
Full name? Stephen Mullen
Party? Liberal Democrats
Occupation? Mobile App Developer
What has made you decide to stand for election? I’ve always wanted to do more for my local community and feel I could offer fresh ideas and energy for the people of Ashton and the whole of Preston Council.
What are the key issues for your ward? Dog fouling, repairing potholed roads, better recycling facilities and making the area a safe and clean place to live. There is also concern that Labour has opted to raise Council Tax in these difficult times, despite being offered a grant by the government to freeze Council Tax for a second year to take the financial pressure off people.
If you were elected, how would you keep your constituents informed? The Lib Dems have a regular newsletter called ‘Focus’ that we put out every few months to keep people up to date on local issues. I would attend the local PACT meetings and hold regular surgeries to listen to members of the local community. I am an active user of social media and would keep people informed via Facebook, Twitter and a blog.
Anything else to add?
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If you’re a candidate standing for election, please send us your answers to the questions above along with a photo of yourself we can use to go with the piece. Please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.