Fight for Tenby’s South Ward seat hotting up already

Friday 18th March 2022 12:54 pm
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Tenby south ward candidates
Clr. Mike Evans, Clr. Mrs. Sam Skyrme-Blackhall, and Clr. Paul Rapi (Mayoral pics Gareth Davies Photography )

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Another name has been thrown into the hat competing to win the Tenby South ward seat at the local elections in May.

Town councillor Paul Rapi (who has been county councillor for Carew since 2017, representing Plaid Cymru), has announced that he will be standing for the seat.

The former Greenhill School of head of music, who taught music in Tenby for nearly 30 years, served as the seaside town’s Mayor for a term back in 2015. He has been a member of Tenby Town Council since 2004.

The announcement comes in the same week that Tenby’s current Mayor, Clr. Sam Skyrme-Blackhall declared that she would also be standing as a candidate in the forthcoming Pembrokeshire County Council Elections as an Independent Voice for the Tenby South Ward.

““I have been a Town Councillor for nearly five years but in that time, I have seen enough to know that wonderful as Tenby is, there are things that could be better. I want there to be more emphasis on the needs of our community. “So I am standing to be a new voice for Tenby - not just to talk about our priorities but to get things done,” she stated on Thursday (March 18).

The pair are likely to be going up against longstanding Tenby South county councillor Mike Evans (Independent), whose seat went unopposed at the last elections in 2017.

The Local Government Elections take place on Thursday May 5 and Pembrokeshire County Council is underlining the importance of people standing for election from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect the communities they wish to represent.

If you are passionate about your community and want to help make people’s lives better, becoming a Town, Community or County Councillor could be for you.

Some important dates to keep in the diary are:

• The nominations period will open on March 21.  Nominations can be delivered on each working day between 10 am and 4 pm up until the close of nominations at 4 pm on April 5. 

• Nominations can be delivered by hand or by email.  Further details will be contained in the Notice of Election published on March 18.

Nomination papers now are available on the Council’s elections website: Elections and voting

• The Electoral Commission Guidance for Candidates and Agents is available on the website.

Remember, this year anyone aged 16 and over on May 5 and legally resident in Wales can vote in these elections as long as they are registered to vote.

If you want to vote at this election you must register to vote at: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Please register now if you have not already done so - as soon it will be too late. Applications to register must be received by midnight April 14.

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