Our KCC Election Candidates
Steve is one of our two Green Party Councillors on Ashford Borough Council, representing Willesborough, having been successfully elected in May 2019 with a large majority..
Steve lives and works in Willesborough and is a well known, active member of the local community.
Since his election to Ashford Borough Council in 2019 he has opposed cuts in services, rises in council tax and unpopular, inappropriate developments, while supporting and enhancing our Green spaces and serving as a committee member on Ashford’s Carbon Neutral Strategy Group.
In 2020 he also took a place on South Willesborough and Newtown Community Council to improve his understanding of issues in the area and to better represent residents with regards to the environmental impact of climate change, the challenges we now face and the opportunities available.
He has already lobbied Kent County Council on drainage and road improvements, culminating in extensive works to mitigate flooding in Willesborough and the complete resurfacing of Kennington Road
Steve has also been instrumental in the planting of 17 fruit trees on the Hythe Road Rec, as part of the ongoing improvement plan, is a co-founder of Wombles of Willesborough, the local community litter picking group, and alongside his colleague Green Party Councillor Liz Wright, attends regular surgeries to talk with residents about local issues.
Steve believes that by being elected as your councillor on Kent County Council, he will be able to represent residents even more effectively, and would be honoured to have your support on May 6th.
Vote Steve Campkin for Ashford East on May 6th.
Liz lives in Willesborough and was elected to Ashford Borough Council as one of two Green Party councillors for Willesborough in May 2019. Active in the local community, she has also worked hard to bring together community groups to form Ashford Holiday Kitchen, helping to ensure that families and children in Central Ashford didn’t go hungry during lockdown.
Liz supports groups active in her local community and and works hard to represent local residents, opposing new developments that she feels are not in their best interests.
She is passionate about the threat to our environment and wants to see more done to combat climate change, working for fair, sustainable solutions to the effects of the climate crisis.
Along with her colleague Green Party Councillor Steve Campkin she holds regular surgeries to discuss issues with residents.
Liz feels that by being elected as a KCC councillor she will be able to do even more to help the community that she cares so much about.
Vote Liz Wright for Ashford Central on May 6th.
Thom, a graphic designer, is one of our Young Greens Co-Ordinators and a key member of our Campaign Team. A Stanhope resident his entire life, Thom is standing for election to Kent County Council because he believes that we need loud and unapologetic voices willing to reject the status quo politics of the other parties. As a County councillor, Thom would prioritise tackling income inequality, defending local services from cuts and privatisation, and delivering affordable and social housing while preserving green spaces. Thom says:“As your Green County Councillor I would be a strong voice for Ashford South, opposing all cuts to our much needed local services."
Thom has campaigned locally and nationally to end austerity and save our public services from being cut or privatised. He believes that it is crucial that we deal with the housing crisis and create new social and affordable homes whilst protecting Ashford’s green spaces.
Vote Thom Pizzey for Ashford South on May 6th.
Dr Geoff Meaden
Ashford Rural East
Geoff is the Co-Chair of Ashford Green Party, and has been a member since it was originally the Ecology Party. He recognised decades ago that we were heading towards a Climate emergency. He has lived in Old Wives Lees for many years and is a well-known, active member of the local community. He already represents Chilham residents as a Parish Councillor and came a close second in a 2019 Downs North By-Election to become an Ashford Borough Councillor. He is standing as our candidate in Ashford Rural East – an area he lives in and knows well, as he wants to be able to represent his local community even more. His main aims are to work with local community groups to maintain and improve local facilities and to protect our beautiful countryside. Geoff is an expert in biogeography and coastal hazards and Secretary for The Canterbury Society. He regularly provides expertise on environmental and transport issues.
Geoff says:I love living in Ashford Rural East, and want to be able to make even more of a difference. Your concerns are my concerns and it would be an honour to represent you as your Councillor.
Vote Geoff Meaden for Ashford Rural East on May 6th.
Ashford Rural South
Dawnie moved to New Romney as a teenager and studied at Southlands, now the Marsh Academy. Despite living in Ashford for the past 14 years she still classes the Marsh as home. Dawnie has family and friends who live on the marsh who she visits regularly (Covid permitting). The Marsh’s micro-climate is something she misses. Since moving here Dawnie lived for a number of years in Park Farm, and loved the Community feel, but now enjoys the convenience of living just outside Ashford town centre, with the short walk to the shops and railway station when her work in healthcare requires travel to London.
Dawnie wanted to become a Green Party Candidate for Ashford Rural South because she is passionate about our planet, and the effect we have on it, and because of her natural affinity to that part of Ashford, She was delighted to have been selected to stand and hopes you will give her your support and enable her to represent you.
Dawnie is concerned about the effect that extensive and continued building on flood plains has on our local community. She feels compelled to use her voice to highlight to Kent County Council the importance of addressing climate change. Dawnie does whatever she can as an individual, she shops for local seasonal produce, drives an electric vehicle including for holidays in the UK and Europe and has recently replaced her gas boiler for a more efficient air sourced heating system, which uses electricity provided by an ethical provider. She knows that as individuals we cannot do this alone, and that we need our County Council to step up too.
Vote Dawnie Nilssen for Ashford Rural South on May 6th.
Guy lives in Biddenden where he has served as the chair of the Board of Governors at the local school, and continues to be an active and well known member of the community.
Guy has been the Green Party candidate in the last two Ashford Borough Council elections for Biddenden, where he lost out to the conservative candidate on both occasions. He works as the Head Grower for a charity that grows organic vegetables for social & environmental good and is committed to environmental issues, protecting our green spaces, and preserving our natural environment.
Vote Guy Pullen for Tenterden on May 6th.
Ashford Rural West
Hilary, a life-long Green, lives in Egerton where she runs an Organic farm and has been espousing the importance of sustainability since before it became a thing.
Hilary is a regular at farmers markets around Kent, and is not only a keen knitter – she knits with her own wool, dyed from natural ingredients.
Hilary has been our Green Party candidate in numerous elections at both a local and County level and would be honoured to be able to represent residents as a Kent County Councillor. She believes that KCC need to ‘get with the programme’ with regard to Climate Change.
Vote Hilary Jones for Ashford Rural West on May 6th.