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Here are our 2019 Wokingham Town Council Candidates:

Maria Gee

Emmbrook North

Maria Gee

Maria Gee has lived in the Borough for over 30 years and has two adult children. She is a chartered accountant who teaches accounting and finance in higher education.

Maria says, "I initially became involved in local politics to support other candidates. Then I saw the differences they were making to their communities and to Wokingham. I wanted to be able to make a difference too, and I knew with my background in accounting and education, that I had the passion and skills to do that.

I want to ask the current Conservative-run Council some serious questions about how they are spending our money, and tackle the rising debt being taken on by the Council. A forecast debt of more than half a billion pounds is astonishing for a borough the size of Wokingham. Some of this money is being invested in commercial property outside the Wokingham area.

Who knows what will happen to property prices over the next five years, let alone the next twenty-five years! If the Council borrows money to make bad investments then residents will see their services cut."

Peter Hornsby

Emmbrook North

Peter Hornsby

Peter is a consulting designer who lives in Emmbrook. He wants to get more involved in the community.

Morag Malvern

Emmbrook North

Morag Malvern

Morag Malvern has lived in Emmbrook for 31 years, bringing up her four children here.

During that time she has been a youth club volunteer helper, a governor at Walter Infants School and a uniformed leader in the Scout and Guide movements. Morag is currently involved in Wokingham's Community Garden project.

Morag says, "I will work hard to see that Wokingham continues to be an attractive place to live, with good facilities and public open spaces for everyone."

Rachel Bishop-Firth

Emmbrook South

Rachel Bishop-Firth

Rachel has lived in Wokingham for most of her life and bought her family up in the Emmbrook ward, with her children attending local schools. She works as an HR Manager for an international consultancy business. Rachel and she is involved in community groups across Emmbrook and is a primary school governor.

Rachel says, "I got involved in local politics when I saw the difference that Imogen Shepherd-DuBey makes as a Councillor in our area. I want to tackle the issues which Wokingham faces including the rise in anti-social behaviour, the need for better roads and affordable housing, and spiraling council debt. I'm seriously concerned by the level of council borrowing.

We believe that the cost of the town centre regeneration is now over £2,000 for every household in the Borough. That's only one part of the total debt, which is now forecast to reach as much as £600 million!
To make it worse, the council is spending £100 million speculating on property, not just locally but across the country.

I want to challenge this recklessness. We need the council to fight harder for more money for schools, and against building on green spaces."

Keith Malvern (Wokingham Liberal Democrats)

Emmbrook South

Keith Malvern

Keith Malvern moved from Bracknell to Wokingham more than 35 years ago. He retired recently after a career in IT working for both private and public sector employers. Keith is a former Town Councillor and is keen to see the Town Council continuing to make the town an attractive place for all.

Imogen shepherd-DuBey

Emmbrook South

Imogen Shepherd-Dubey

Imogen grew up in Wokingham and attended school here. Most of her family members still live locally.

She is concerned about the environment and over-development of the area and wants to fight to minimalise the impact on our community.

She was elected as Wokingham Town Councillor for Emmbrook South in May 2015.

Adrian Mather

Evendons East

Adrian Mather

I have lived in Wokingham for the last 20 years with my wife and 3 children. I work for a global IT firm and am actively involved with my local church and its community. In my spare time, I help out with various youth activities.

Lizzie Bishop

Norreys East

Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth has lived in Wokingham all her life and went to local schools. She's a student and currently works in Beanoak Road in Norreys.

Elizabeth says, "I want to see more facilities and support for young people in our area. Young people need places to meet and support services, such as mental health support, to help us when we need help in solving problems. The needs of teenagers and young people were ignored when the town centre was redesigned and budget cuts mean that support is available only for the most troubled young people. I also want to see housing affordable housing made available for young adults".

Matteo Fumigalli

Norreys East

Matteo Fumagalli

Matteo Fumagalli is a university lecturer in Life Sciences He made his home in Wokingham after growing up in Italy and working for some years in the USA. Matteo says, "I am a strong advocate for inclusive teaching and accessible education and, as such, I believe that state schools should be better funded to enable each child's own potential. I will campaign for fairer funding for Wokingham's severely underfunded schools"

Pete Dennis

Wescott East

Peter Dennis

Peter Dennis is a senior software engineer and is bringing his family up in the area. Peter says, "Having lived in Wokingham for more than 20 years, with my children attending local schools, I have seen how the area has grown and the strain and stress that is being put on local services. This is not only traffic, but education, outside school opportunities for children, health services and so on.

Wokingham is no longer a small market town but a growing sprawl and needs to have connected thinking, when something is being done what else needs to be done before, during and after. This is a time of change, with the development of the town centre, and so more balance to the governance needs to be brought to offer transparency and action listening to people and business especially when considering the large and new developments in Reading and Bracknell."

Anna Box

Wescott West

Anna Box

Anna Box is a Chartered Physiotherapist and lives in Wokingham with her husband. Anna wants to see equal access to all WBC services for people with disabilities and for the elderly.