The next Ashford Borough Council election is on Thursday 2nd May 2019
The 2019 Local Election campaign is set against a backdrop of a challenging period in our national politics. Here in Ashford we are concentrating on grass roots issues and ensuring that we field a full range of candidates, both Conservative councillors seeking re-election and new candidates hoping to serve their local community as Ashford Borough Councillors after May 2nd.
I am particularly proud of the diversity of our new candidates, as I have always believed that a community is best served by having voices from a wide cross section of ages and backgrounds, and a good gender balance. I am happy to report that of the 18 new Conservative candidates, 8 are female (almost 50%), 3 are under 22 years old, 4 are from a BAME background and 1 is registered blind.
Our candidates are a fascinating mix of professional and other backgrounds, incomers and Ashford born and bred, first timers into politics because of a local issue or personal passion (disability issues or a voice for young people) and local activists.
I think at a time when we are divided in so many ways as a country, this is a story of grass root politics strengthening and reaching a broader base. We will be capturing the stories of many of our candidates on video clips during the campaign.
I do hope you will want to contribute to the 2019 campaign. We are grateful for any help and support, whether it is a donation, fundraising event, canvassing or delivering leaflets. I want to involve as many people as possible because winning elections is the purpose of our Conservative Association. All the candidates’ contact details are on this site, so please contact them directly if you want to offer help in a particular ward.
Deputy Chairman Political
WHO IS THE CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE FOR YOUR WARD?
To find out who the Conservative Candidate for you ward is. Click below on your ward.
REGISTER TO VOTE
If you want to have your say at your next local government elections, you must be registered to vote.
You can register to vote online now at gov.uk/register-to-vote If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote, you should contact your local elections office. They will be able to let you know.
WHO CAN VOTE?
To vote in a local government election in England you must be: 18 years of age or over on polling day a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union resident in the UK not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote.
Ways of voting
You can vote in person at a polling station, by post, or you can get someone else to vote for you (this is called voting by proxy).
Vote in person
Your district council will send you a poll card telling you where and when to vote.
If you haven’t received a poll card but think you should, contact your local Electoral Registration Office.
You can still vote if you’ve lost your card.
Vote by post
You can vote by post if you are away from home on election day. You must apply for a postal vote.
Get someone else to vote for you (by proxy)
You can get someone else to vote for you if, for example, you:
- are away on polling day
- have a medical issue or disability
- cannot vote in person because of work or military service.