The Green Party will today unveil Julie Howell, as the official candidate for the position of Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
National party co-leader Jonathan Bartley, visiting Cambridge for a debate at the Cambridge Union Society, will join the local party as they introduce Julie and a number of their candidates for local elections in May. Julie, a resident of Peterborough, is a parish councillor for two areas in the city. Recently she has been the coordinator of the Peterborough Green Party and has worked as a confidence coach. Julie lives with MS, a perspective that has helped in her long experience as a disability rights campaigner. Julie won the Green nomination with members of all local parties in the region voting.
Speaking ahead of her official announcement, Julie, said;
‘I am delighted to be selected as the official Green Party candidate in the election of Mayor of the new Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority. As a parish councillor for two Peterborough Parish Councils and coordinator of Peterborough Green Party I bring to the challenge a deep understanding of the issues that matter to Peterborough residents, while my close working relationship with Green Party members in the other six regions of the county enables me to extend the reach of my awareness countywide. It is quite right that the electorate should have the choice of a candidate who lives in Peterborough and one who will bring fresh perspectives and a challenge to the establishment.’
The local party will also be introducing several candidates for the area’s county elections in May.
Jeremy Caddick, the Dean of Emmanuel College and a long term resident of Market ward, has been selected to contest the election in that seat, where the Greens already have a city councillor. Jeremy with co- leader Jonathan Bartley, said;
‘Given the challenges the county council are facing in relation to the City Deal and other strategic issues, it’s vital the Green voice is heard. Decisions about congestion and the future development of the Cambridge region will be of crucial importance to city residents. Green councillors will champion the needs of local residents, fight to protect communities and the local environment, and improve our public services.’