I am letting you know that I am re-standing for Shanklin Town Council Elections on Thursday 4th May. I was co-opted onto the Council around 18 months ago and will be a candidate for election in the Shanklin South Ward.
I am standing as an independent. Shanklin Town Council has traditionally not been about party politics. This enables us to ensure that we are able to get things done for the benefit of all Shanklin residents. With the Council elections going on the same day and with some town council candidates also standing as party representatives for the IOW Council there is a danger that this could give the Shanklin elections a political bias which could be detrimental to the town.
With more aspects of the Council’s work being devolved locally the role of the town council is becoming increasingly important. I can offer stability as I am already a council member, enthusiasm and drive to ensure Shanklin continues to thrive. I have spent seventeen years in the tourism industry and know how important tourism is for Shanklin’s success. I have recently sold my guest house to move onto new challenges and I have moved to the Shanklin South area I wish to continue to represent. I am now self-employed as a professional artist. I hope this also gives me a creative vision towards the future of Shanklin. Public money may be tight on the island but with energy, determination and imagination we can get things done.
Please include Karl Stedman in your choices for Shanklin Town Council Election – South Ward. I would be grateful if you could share with Shanklin South voters. I am not intending to produce a leaflet as I do not feel it is appropriate and it is less recycling for you!