I wanted to let you know that after much consideration and soul searching I have decided not to stand for District Councillor in the forthcoming election, which is on the 2nd May 2019.
This has not been an easy decision to make. I care very deeply about my role as a District Councillor, the work I do within the community, and the people I work with. I have a high regard for all the Parish Councils and those who give their time to serve their local community and I know I will miss it.
I have been the District Councillor for the last 6 years, and your County Councillor for nearly 5 years. Fulfilling both these roles properly is a massive undertaking and responsibility, and for me it has developed into an almost full time job. The consequence of this is that I have been spending less time on family matters, which is something that I now need to put right.
Many of you will be aware that my husband John became seriously ill almost 2 years ago, and had major life changing surgery. Thankfully the surgery was successful and John has made a good recovery, but the experience has made me realise that I have other responsibilities, closer to home, that I need to give time and attention to.
I will be continuing my role as a County Councillor and so will still be working for you in relation to county matters. The recent cross-party decision in declaring a climate emergency and commitment to work towards carbon neutrality by 2030 is something I will actively support.
In the meantime I have been keen to ensure that the person selected by the Somerset Conservatives to stand for election to represent you is someone that is able and committed to do so. With the help of the local branch members in Rode & Norton St Philip we think that prospective candidate David Baker is the right person.