Bristol Mayor elections – everything you need to know
On November 15, Bristolians will get the chance to vote for a mayor. Not the kind of mayor we are used to, with a ceremonial chain, but one who will have power to change the way our city is run.
Bristol was the only city in May’s referendum which voted in favour of an elected mayor, and so far since then 15 candidates have come forward.
For more on what an elected mayor is and what they will be able to do, read our guide here.
Here is the official list of candidates you have to choose from:
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Marvin Rees is Labour’s candidate in the elections. The programme manager for the NHS has also worked as a BBC radio reporter, political campaigner and charity co-ordinator. He is the former head of the city’s Strategic Partnership, and lives with his family in Easton.
George Ferguson is an independent candidate – and already well-known in Bristol as an outspoken architect. He founded the Tobacco Factory after buying premises from Imperial Tobacco for £1 – and always wears red trousers.
Spud Murphy is an independent candidate and businessman. He’s a former Tory councillor and successful businessman who runs wholesale warehouses in Avonmouth.
Retired family doctor Jon Rogers is the Liberal Democrat candidate. He is currently a member of the council’s ruling cabinet. He used to be a GP in Avonmouth but recently retired. He is also known for being a keen cyclist and avid user of Twitter.
Accountant Geoff Gollop is the Conservative candidate. He was Bristol’s Lord Mayor last year and is also a former leader of the Tory group on the city council.
School bursar Neil Maggs stepped in at short notice to be the Respect Party candidate after Paulette North stood down. He’s passionate about stopping cuts in public services.
Planning consultant Tim Collins is an independent candidate. The former Avon county councillor switched parties from Labour to Conservative, and has decided to stand for one reason: to save Filton Airfield.
Environmental specialist Daniella Radice is representing the Green Party, and is now the only female candidate in the field. She is committed to championing green issues.
Independent candidate Owain George is the owner of the Albion pub in Clifton Village along with the nearby 194 Fahrenheit Coffee shop. He has promised to bring “much needed” colour and controversy to the debate.
Independent candidate Philip Pover describes himself as “just an ordinary guy from North Bristol with a lot of ideas about what is right and how Bristol can be improved for all Bristolians. He also describes himself as a fan of amateur dramatics.
Independent candidate Rich Fisher is a freelance graphic designer from Sea Mills who promises to rip up red tape on new business start-ups, build around trees not through them and remove all traffic from the city centre.
Dave Dobbs is the Birthday Party’s candidate. He is a puppeteer who lives in and around Stokes Croft. Dave says he wants to run Bristol on Social Media to allow for total transparency.
Independent candidate Stoney Garnett is a former postman and football referee who lives in Whitchurch. Claims to know what the people of Bristol think and care about. Wants to see the number of traffic lights in the city reduced.
Trade Unionists and Socialists Coalition candidate Tom Baldwin is the youngest of the candidates. He has pledged to reverse the planned closure of seven day care centres and eight care homes in the city, campaigning against “attacks” on the NHS.
Independent candidate Tony Britt is hoping to capture the vote in South West and is based in Knowle West. The former homeless man says he is passionate about his city. He wants a tram system and says he will give up £10,000 of his wages as mayor so children can see shows at the Hippodrome.
Have a look what candidates are saying on Twitter: