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Your local Liberal Democrat councillors and candidates are listed by ward below.

We will have at least 16 candidates standing for election in the South Hams District Council elections on May 2nd. Four of these are existing District Councillors standing for re-election.

Make contact with them if you have any questions, want to raise a local concern or wish to get more involved and offer them your support.

They would love to hear from you!

Keith Baldry

Councillor Keith Baldry

Newton & Yealmpton Ward

Keith was elected for a third term as District Councillor in 2015. He has previously served as a County Councillor and is a long time member of Yealmpton Parish Council. Keith worked for the Post Office for over 30 years and was Head Postmaster for Devon & Cornwall. His first degree was a MA from Dublin University and in 1996, he was awarded a M.Phil by Plymouth University. Keith has been active in politics throughout his adult life. Keith is a season ticket holder at Plymouth Argyle, is married to Isabel and he has three children and seven grandchildren.

Contact Keith at keithjbaldry@lineone.net

John Birch

Councillor John Birch

Totnes Ward

John Birch is currently one of the three district councillors representing Totnes on South Hams District Council. He lives in Totnes with his wife Lynne and has done so since 1999. Before that he lived in Wiltshire and served on the North Wiltshire District Council where he held the position of deputy leader of the Council. He is a consultant solicitor specialising in construction law and is employed by a large regional firm of solicitors based in Exeter. He is also project leader for the £4 million project to restore and renovate the St Mary's Church in Totnes as well as being chair of the recently formed St Mary's Totnes Heritage Trust, whose aims include raising funds for heritage and conservation projects in Totnes.

John is constantly making Totnes's voice heard within the council chamber and offices at South Hams District Council.

Contact John at jpb1@hotmail.co.uk

Susie Jackson

Susie Jackson

Kingsbridge Ward

Susie has lived and worked in Devon for 40 years, 14 of those in the South Hams. She works as an Occupational therapist at Torbay Hospital and her role with the NHS has made her aware of the lack of affordable housing in the area. "I hope to meet many of you over the next few months. I will listen carefully to what is important to you. I passionately believe in the power of local communities and I want to help create thriving, sustainable and safe towns to live in. I will work hard to promote a culture of openness and transparency, ending the Conservative 'closed shop' approach."

Contact Susie at susiejackson005@gmail.com

Simon Rake

Simon Rake

Blackawton & Stoke Fleming Ward

Simon has lived in Blackawton for the past 22 years and has been active in a variety of community organisations throughout this time. He works as a freelance translator. Simon joined the Parish Council in 2010 and became its Chairman in 2016. "My work on the Parish Council has given me a good insight into the challenges faced by the District Council and I am standing for election in May 2019 because I believe that South Hams District Council is in urgent need of a fresh approach."

Contact Simon at simonld@garradelta.com

Dan Thomas

Dan Thomas

Newton & Yealmpton Ward

Dan is originally from Plymouth and has lived largely in Yealmpton for the last 37 years. He spent 10 years working for Plymouth Argyle in Hospitality and Operations Management before becoming the club's General Manager. He retrained as a primary teacher in 2011 and for the last 4 years have taught at Newton Ferrers C of E Primary. Dan is a keen 'Am Drammer' and has been actively involved with the Ermington Players for the past 20 years. He is Chair of Yealmpton Parish Council and believes passionately in the importance of local people being actively involved in local politics. Dan is married to Tina and has three young children.

Contact Dan at danthomas5478@gmail.com

Julian Brazil

Councillor Julian Brazil

Stokenham Ward

Julian lives in East Prawle, Kingsbridge. He is both a District and a County Councillor for the local area. He has an honours degree in Zoology from Bristol University and is a former science teacher. Julian has an excellent reputation as a local councillor. He is well known for campaigning and supporting his local communities. He is a vociferous supporter of genuinely affordable housing for local people. His main areas of interest are health, education and the environment. He is former captain of the East Prawle cricket team and plays darts and euchre for the Pigs Nose Inn.

Contact Julian at julian.brazil@devon.gov.uk

Brian Blake

Brian Blake

Wembury & Brixton Ward

Brian has lived in Yealmpton for 31 years. He worked as a police officer for 31 years and was a member of the National Crime Squad prior to retirement. After retiring from the police, Brian went on to work for the MOD in Europe in a security role. His interests are history, his allotment and sailing. Brian is married to Elinor and he has three grown up children.

Robert Vint

Councillor Robert Vint

Totnes Ward

Robert is a District Councillor for Totnes. He lives in Totnes. Robert is hard working and active in many community organisations and actively works for a better Totnes. Robert has been closely involved in the improvement of public spaces such as Leechwell Garden, the Lamb Garden and the Rotherfold and succeeded in protecting the Market Square as an 'Asset of Community Value'.

Contact Robert at rjvint@icloud.com

John McKay

John McKay

West Dart Ward

John is a semi retired IT Consultant who lives in Harbertonford. He has served on several steering committees as a technology advisor and has spent several years as a volunteer for the Samaritans. He is presently a volunteer for the Citizens Advice. John is a great supporter of his local community and is working to save the Maltsters Arms pub in Harbertonford from closure. "For many years now, I have been campaigning for better local democracy, better development planning and environmental policies. I believe I have been successful in challenging some damaging developments and bringing about change."

Contact John at me@johnmckay.org

Keith Smith

Keith Smith

Marldon & Littlehempston Ward

Keith has lived in Totnes for 10 years. He is a mostly retired scientist, who has worked for many years on the contribution of agriculture and land use to climate change. He has previously served as a councillor and has fought 3 general election campaigns whilst living in Edinburgh. He is secretary of the South Hams Lib Dems. "My main priority is for more social housing to be available to let at affordable rents and for a change in the administration in South Hams to help bring this about."

Contact Keith at keithsmith1@waitrose.com

George Rosevear

George Rosevear

Charterlands Ward

George has lived and worked in the South Hams for the past 25 years. He lives in Bigbury and runs an accountancy, taxation and legal practice in Modbury. George has previously served on South Hams District Council, with special responsibility for building control (within planning). He has also served on Modbury Parish Council and is has been Vice Chair of Bigbury Parish Council since 2015. George is married to Mary and has a grown up daughter. "I have lived and worked in the ward since 1994. I have had the honour to represent part of the Erme Valley Ward in the past, on the District Council, as well as serving on the Bigbury and Modbury Parish Councils, and would now relish the chance to represent the whole of the Charterlands ward."

Contact George at george@holbrookass.com

Guy Pannell

Guy Pannell

South Brent Ward

Guy is a retired television journalist and university lecturer. He is an active volunteer with the National Trust and the South Devon Railway and is a Parish Tree Warden. He is Chair of the Brent Island Trust and is former Chair of Governors to South Brent primary school. Guy sings with the parish church choir and Brent Singers. His other interests include theatre, sport, walking and gardening. "I have lived in South Brent for more than 40 years and I care passionately about both the village and the neighbouring parishes. My aim is to listen to what local people want and to give them an effective voice on the issues which concern them most."

Contact Guy at guy@pannellentadsl.com

Antony Power

Antony Power

Ugborough & Ermington Ward

Antony is a practising solicitor and lives in North Huish.

Richard Heseltine

Dartmouth Ward

South Hams Lib Dems Party Organiser - Charlotte Power: info@southhamslibdems.org.uk

The South Hams Lib Dems executive committee is:

Chair - Alan Kerr: alanckerr@yahoo.com
Vice-Chair - Cllr John Birch: jpb1@hotmail.co.uk
Secretary - Keith Smith: keithsmith1@waitrose.com
Treasurer - Brian Blake: brianblake500@yahoo.co.uk
Membership - Chellie Greenwood: cgtranquil13@gmail.com
Website Manager and Social Media Coordinator - Caroline Voaden: carolinejvoaden@gmail.com