East Devon elections 2019: Meet the candidates vying for seats in Honiton and neighbouring parishes

PUBLISHED: 10:18 13 April 2019 | UPDATED: 08:40 17 April 2019

The plaque on the new EDDC Headquarters at Honiton. Picture Chris Carson

The plaque on the new EDDC Headquarters at Honiton. Picture Chris Carson


Residents will be heading to the polls on May 2

Colin Brown and David Key (Cons) DunkeswellColin Brown and David Key (Cons) Dunkeswell


Colin Brown (Con):

Colin Brown is a well-known local businessman, who has been a district councillor for many years, representing Dunkeswell and the western part of The Blackdown Hills. If elected he will help to enhance the local community by supporting businesses offering a variety of services and encourage new appropriately sized ones. Creating more jobs locally means more money is spent in the local economy and lowering people's carbon footprint commuting to work.

Stephen Kolek (LAB)Stephen Kolek (LAB)

Karen Hoyles, (Lib Dem):

I'm Karen Hoyles. For 12 years I've lived in the hamlet of Beacon, near Honiton, in the beautiful Blackdown Hills. During this time I've got to know the area well, and the issues facing local residents. These include housing, environment, rural internet, health and well-being. I hope to be able to help support the local communities in this beautiful and diverse area.

David Key (Con):

John Tristram (Con) FenitonJohn Tristram (Con) Feniton

David Key has served his community as the EDDC member for Otterhead ward for many years. If re-elected he will continue to campaign for more small scale affordable housing for local people, recognising that currently they struggle to live in the communities they grew up in. He will also work to ensure that the recycling rate in East Devon continues to improve, where it already has one of the highest rates in the country.

Stephen Kolek (Lab):

I moved to live in Honiton in 1984 to work at the St Ivel factory in Hemyock. I'm a local resident like you and I care about having affordable homes in the village and good rural transport, high speed broadband and fair rates for the small businesses and farmers. I have been active in campaigns to save our local hospital beds and challenging the reduction in schools funding and reduced police numbers, we deserve better.

John Zarczynski,  Phil Twiss and Mike Allen (Cons) Honiton St Michael'sJohn Zarczynski, Phil Twiss and Mike Allen (Cons) Honiton St Michael's

FENITON (one seat):

Susie Bond (Ind):

Susie Bond has represented Feniton, Buckerell and Gittisham as an Independent councillor for the past six years. She has served on the development management committee, strategic planning committee, housing review board and standards committee. Since 2018, she has been lead councillor for flooding in the district, raising the profile of flooding issues and helping keep the issue of flooding in Feniton in the spotlight. “I always make sure the priorities of the people I serve are my priorities.”

Jenny Brown and Dean Barrow (Cons) Honiton St Paul'sJenny Brown and Dean Barrow (Cons) Honiton St Paul's

Adam Powell (Lab):

The last 35 years I have worked and brought up a family in East Devon. We run a business growing fruit trees. I have seen services in our rural Devon brutally cut back, hospitals, doctors' surgeries, public transport, highways, and schools. Unaffordable housing is replacing our countryside, high streets have declined and climate change is being ignored. I believe in decent services for everyone, decent housing everyone can afford, and a sustainable rural economy.

Julian Hoyles (Lib Dem) Honiton St Paul'sJulian Hoyles (Lib Dem) Honiton St Paul's

John Tristram (Con):

John Tristram retired to Devon 10 years ago following a career in the army, engineering and electronic industries. He is involved in rural issues and is an active parish councillor, as well as a governor of a local primary school. His priorities are recycling, protecting local services and tackling rural crime. He is dedicated to improving quality of life for residents and genuinely making a difference.

HONITON ST MICHAEL'S (three seats):

Chris East (LAB)Chris East (LAB)

Mike Allen (Con):

Mike Allen and his wife live in the heart of the Honiton and is very much part of community life, including his work as a district councillor and supporting the Honiton Foodbank. He is part of a formidable team of Conservative candidates in Honiton who offer a diverse range of experience in business life and the voluntary sector. Mike is passionate about excellent healthcare for Honiton, being delivered locally at our GP surgery and hospital.

Luke Jeffery (Lib Dem):

Philip Skinner (Con)Philip Skinner (Con)

I have lived in Honiton almost all of my life and am committed to improving it however I can. My main areas of concern are building standards, recycling and young people's mental health. I would work to tighten building standards so no one has to move into a substandard new build home, push for a target of 70 per cent of waste being recycled by 2030 and lobby to improve young people's mental health services across East Devon.

Phil Twiss (Con):

Phil Twiss has lived and worked in the Honiton community with his family for more than 30 years and is known for being approachable and helpful. As well as being a current district councillor for Honiton St Michael's, he is also the county councillor for Honiton, fighting for the towns best interests at every opportunity. If re-elected he will continue his work on behalf of all residents, particularly in matters relating to health and social care.

Luke Jeffery (Lib Dem) Honiton St Michael'sLuke Jeffery (Lib Dem) Honiton St Michael's

John Zarczynski (Con):

John Zarczynski is a very determined, larger than life person determined to make a positive contribution to improve things for the people of Honiton. A former town mayor who lives close to the town with his family, John is invariably 'on call' when out and about. He has been involved with and behind many projects, including the Honiton 55+ Centre centre. If elected, he is relishing the challenges sitting on the district council will bring.

HONITON ST PAUL'S: (two seats)

Susie Bond Independent candidate for Feniton.Susie Bond Independent candidate for Feniton.

Dean Barrow (Con):

Dean Barrow and his family made their home in Honiton some years ago and he is fully immersed in a number of projects in the town 
from The Abbeyfield Home in the High Street, to his local church. As well as operating his own business in Honiton High Street, Dean has risen to a high level on the district council where he is well respected, representing the 
interests of Honiton and wider East Devon.

Sally Boom (Lab):

I moved to Honiton from Payhembury 12 years ago. I have two children of my own, and taught in primary schools for 25 years, but now mainly concern myself with the needs of the elderly. I am on the fundraising committee of the local community transport charity and hold a coffee morning every week. As your councillor, I will focus on Honiton's economy and its housing needs, and will help people facing local housing difficulties.

Tony McCollum (LAB)Tony McCollum (LAB)

Jenny Brown (Con):

Jenny Brown brings a wealth of experience in the hospitality and tourism sector in her role as a current district councillor. She is the lead councillor for tourism and is perhaps best known for work on our local railways stations, including brightening up their appearance. She is part of the Friends of Honiton Railway Station Group. If re-elected, Jenny would like to significantly increase the scope of her role on EDDC.

Sally Boom (LAB)Sally Boom (LAB)

Jules Hoyles (Lib Dem):

Hi I'm Jules Hoyles. I have lived in Honiton for more than 12 years. In that time I have gained a good understanding of the issues that concern us. I want Honiton to be a prosperous and successful town. One that will attract new shops, market traders and businesses. A place where families and individuals can thrive and prosper. A place where our young and elderly are safe and cared for.

Tony McCollum (Independent):

Adam Powell (LAB)Adam Powell (LAB)

I want to be Independent and represent the people I know and I want them to be fully aware of what Independent means. I believe that if a candidate is elected as a Conservative, Labour or Liberal then chooses not to follow his party agenda then he or she simply becomes a disassociated Conservative or Labour member and until they canvas their constituents as an Independent and get elected as such they remain a disassociated politician.

TALE VALE (one seat)

Chris East (Lab):

Karen Hoyles (Lib Dem) Dunkeswell and OtterheadKaren Hoyles (Lib Dem) Dunkeswell and Otterhead

I am a retired RAF engineering officer and international sales engineer. I have been a community activist since being a Wolf Cub, establishing and running a job club, campaigning against closures of police stations, libraries etc, and the running down of the NHS. I particularly support: reinstating lost local hospital beds: care in own home has failed for lack of staff and funding, adequate funding for education, young people's needs and providing much better protection for home renters

Mike Gray (Lib Dem):

Mike Gray is a trained scientist and now works as a manager on the edge of Exeter. Mike has lived in Talaton for 15 years with his wife and two sons. He cares passionately about his local environment, including the state of the roads and planning decisions, and wishes to be elected to EDDC to ensure that the views of residents of Tale Vale are properly represented.

Philip Skinner (Con):

Deputy leader of EDDC: Born and bred in East Devon, Philip has represented Tale Vale Ward since 1999. Elected deputy leader of EDDC to partner Ian Thomas in 2018, Philip has special responsibility for economy and development management. He is passionate the council does not simply build houses in East Devon, but the Conservative team deliver essential supporting facilities and services, employment opportunities, sports and recreation, within a strong local economy.

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