The candidates standing in next month’s Mansfield District Council elections have been announced this morning (Friday).
Voters will go to the polls on 7th May - the same day as the mayoral poll and General Election - to elect a new council to run the district for the next four years.
Labour has been the majority party since 2011 after it ended eight years of control by the Mansfield Independent Forum.
Notable names standing for election include former Labour county and district councillor Chris Winterton in the Racecourse ward. He will fight it out against current ward member, Steve Garner, (Mansfield Independent Forum).
There could also be a return to the council for well-known Mansfield businessman Stewart Rickersey, who sat on mayor Tony Egginton’s cabinet in 2003.
Mr Rickersey, who also orchestrated a referendum in 2001 which paved the way for Mansfield voting to have a directly-elected mayor, is standing as a MIF candidate in the Eakring ward.
His opponent in the ward is Labour’s Samantha Jane Hartshorn.
Meanwhile, former MIF councillor Barry Answer is standing as a UKIP candidate in Abbott Ward, where he is up against Labour’s Donna Marie Thomas.
Foysul Choudhury, who owns the Mint Indian restaurant in Mansfield, is standing for MIF in the Warsop Carrs ward. Also standing in the ward is Labour’s Peter Crawford.
And in the Manor ward in Mansfield Woodhouse, Labour’s Katrina Atherton is listed as the only candidate standing in a seat which appears to be uncontested.
Labour is fielding candidates in all 36 wards, while there are 28 MIF. UKIP has put up seven candidates and the Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts have selected three to stand. There are also three independents, three Conservatives standing as well as one Green Party candidate.
There are no Liberal Democrats standing.
The full list of who is standing where can be viewed by clicking on this link http://www.mansfield.gov.uk/article/6850/Election-candidates-confirmed