Fifteen candidates for Bristol mayor ... but only one woman
FIFTEEN candidates have been officially announced to fight the election to become Bristol's first city mayor – and only one of them is a woman.
The candidates were invited to a declaration ceremony at the Council House yesterday and afterwards posed for the cameras on College Green.
Green Party candidate Daniella Radice said she was disappointed she was the only woman but was used to working in male-dominated industries.
She said: "I think the election is attractive to male egos – I think some of them like the idea of seeing their names in a list of candidates."
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Nine of the 15 candidates are independents with no allegiance to any political party.
Professor Robin Hambleton, an expert in politics at the University of the West of England, said it was a positive sign that so many candidates had stepped forward to take part in the election.
"I think it's good that we have so many from diverse backgrounds who have put themselves forward as potential leaders," he said.
But he was disappointed there was only one female candidate.
The high number of candidates – believed to be more than in any other election in the country for an elected mayor – is virtually certain to mean that the winner will be chosen after a second round ballot.
This is because it is highly unlikely that one candidate will win a 50 per cent majority on the first round.
Voters will be able to put two Xs on their ballot paper – a first and second preference. If there is no winner from the first round, then two candidates are left in the contest and the second preference votes from the eliminated candidates are taken into account.
The election will be held on Thursday, November 15 and the result announced the following day.
Due to the high number of candidates and supplementary voting system, the winner is not expected to be declared until some time in the early evening.
A brochure with 14 of the 15 candidates has been produced by the city council which will start arriving in Bristol homes next Wednesday.
The candidate who opted out of being included in the booklet is independent Stoney Garnett who said: "I didn't think it was worth the £750 to pay to go in it."
Candidates have had to pay a £500 deposit to take part in the election which they will lose if they take less than five per cent of the vote. They also had to be supported by 30 names from the Bristol register of electors.
Labour's Marvin Rees is favourite to win with odds of 4/7, closely followed by Bristol First candidate George Ferguson at 7/2 and Lib Dem Dr Jon Rogers at 4/1.
The other candidates include: Tom Baldwin (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts); Tony Britt (Independent); Tim Collins (Independent); Dave Dobbs (The Birthday Party); Rich Fisher (Independent); Stoney Garnett (Independent); Geoff Gollop (Conservative); Neil Maggs (Respect Party); Spud Murphy (Independent); Owain George (Independent); Philip Pover (Independent); and Daniella Radice (Green).