Voters are due to head to polling stations on Thursday, May 6, to re-elect or replace the holders of 28 seats on Sunderland City Council.
Bidding for the prize in Washington South where two positions are up for grabs, are:
1. Richard Peter BRADLEY (Green Party)
Councils are more responsive and effective when they are not dominated by a single party.
As a Green, I believe in cooperative, grown-up politics where the needs of the city, rather than a particular party, is the priority.
I want to make Washington and Sunderland a better place for future generations.
To find positive solutions that improve quality of life for residents.
I will remind the council at every opportunity that they declared a climate emergency and should be focusing on building back sustainably.
For a start, this means green jobs, protecting green spaces, reducing emissions and improving public transport.
2. Paul DONAGHY (Conservative Party)
I’m a local small business owner and Royal Navy veteran.
I live in Oxclose with my wife, an A&E Nurse, and our four children.
I am standing for election in Washington South as our area has been badly let down by lack of investment and ambition for the area.
Washington needs a strong voice that will stand up for residents and act on your priorities.
If elected, I will allocate funding for park developments and events and ensure the focus for Area Committee funding is children’s projects and supporting local businesses, not vanity projects.
3. Steven Boyd DONKIN (Liberal Democrat)
I have lived in Lambton and Oxclose for the last 15 years and work as a self-employed voluntary and community services consultant, working with local charities.
Washington has suffered greatly from cuts in public funding and services.
It is a combination of service to the community and desire to challenge bad decisions and the poor deal that Washington gets that has led me to stand as a local councillor for Ayton, Lambton, Oxclose and Rickleton.
Labour bosses say there’s no money for Washington, but they’re spending millions on new council offices in Sunderland.
4. Michael Anthony ELLIS (Green Party)
As a councillor I will endeavour to represent residents with transparency, effectiveness and passion, but above all with a continuous presence.
I will always be available to residents.
I will listen to your concerns or issues and promise to fight for the residents of Washington South to be heard.
I believe in supporting local businesses, encouraging sound environmental policies, such as more efficient waste management, and I believe in social justice and equality.
I will seek to protect green spaces and push for lower speed limits on residential streets.
I promise that a vote for me will not be wasted.