With council elections just around the corner, we’re shining the spotlight on Sunderland’s candidates in the run-up to polling day.
Voters are due to head to polling stations on Thursday, May 5, to either re-elect or replace holders of around a third of seats on Sunderland City Council.
All candidates have been given the opportunity to tell readers why they’re standing and why you should vote for them.
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Here’s what candidates in the Washington East ward have to say.
*Candidates are listed in the order they appeared on Sunderland City Council’s list of candidates at the close of nominations*
Michal Chantkowski (Green Party)
For the last 12 years I have worked with the local community on a number of projects focusing on health and wellbeing, employability and culture.
I believe Washington would benefit from Green policies such as proper funding for accessible and sustainable public transport (including a Metro link), home insulation and better waste management.
Our council’s record on recycling is appalling and I would seek to improve this and reduce the costs poor management currently incurs.
Residents’ views on these issues are too often ignored by the current council – this is why we need a new Washington Town Council to bring local government closer to the people.
If elected, I will use my skills and experience for you, making sure that Washington East is connected, supported, and respected.
Chris Eynon (Conservative Party candidate)
Born and bred in Wearside, I believe passionately that Washington deserves proper representation on the council and a councillor who will put Washington first.
If elected I will stand up for the area where it counts: supporting Washington Sports Village project so that our local sports teams have somewhere proper to practice and play; ensuring that roads are safer with more speeding measures; assessing, reporting and following up pothole issues in the ward; tackling the large trolley dumping problem; and opposing all increases in councillor allowances.
Logan Guy (Labour and Co-operative Party)
I’ve lived in our ward all my life, first in Stockley Road, in Barmston, and now in Harraton.
I care about our area and I hope that with your support I will soon be able to represent the communities of Barmston, Fatfield, Harraton, Mount Pleasant, Teal Farm and Barmston Court as your local councillor.
Together I believe we can unlock Washington’s potential as a great place to live and work through ensuring:
*A Local Approach – Washington deserves focus and investment.
*A Green Approach – I will continue to defend our green spaces.
*All Working Together – I will work for everyone in our ward.