Surrey deserves better - Your voice in tough times.
George Dokimakis – Guildford West
My name is George Dokimakis and I am the Labour and Co-operative candidate for Guildford West. I am a local resident living on Northway. I am married to a Surrey girl and I am a new dad as of January this year. I am the proud owner of a white Staffie called Bella and you may have seen me walking her in Stoughton Park, the Mound, Rydes Hill Common or down Southway.
I started my professional career picking up glasses in a nightclub in Reading and after 17 years, two University degrees and one Masters degree I am proud to have my own consultancy company based in Guildford. I have worked in major industries, in oil and gas, banking and retail. I have managed million pound projects, led teams and I have overseen multi-million pound outsourcing providers, ensuring they deliver proper services.
I have been politically active locally since 2015, when I started speaking with residents in our ward hearing about their issues and liaising with our councillors to address them. I am campaigning and running the petition against switching off our street lights during the evening. I am involved in local groups, I have appeared on the local radio to discuss our issues and I have frequently written in both Surrey Advertiser and Guildford Dragon, raising awareness of a number of local issues.
My professional experience makes me uniquely qualified to represent you and ensure that you get decent services and value for money for the council tax you pay. We have one of the highest council taxes in the UK, yet we get poor value for money. I want to change this. I want our area to be high on the council’s priorities, safeguard our local area and services, improve our roads, buses, social care and education and this is why I am standing to be your councillor.
My personal drive and desire to have proper representation in Westborough will ensure that I’ll be holding the Tory council to account, I’ll be your strong voice to the council, ensuring not only that your voice is heard but your concerns are addressed as well.
I am asking for your support and your vote. As a local resident living in our ward, I am asking you to support a local person.
Richard Mithen – Guildford East
5 MINUTES TO CHANGE OUR LIVES, that's all it takes to vote in the most important County Council elections in living memory.
I'm Richard Mithen, local Guildford GP and Merrow resident of 10 years.
Cuts to Social Care, the end of stroke services at the Royal Surrey, poor council management, and ridiculous pay rises for councillors; I can't just sit back and watch this anymore.
I'm not a politician, I'm a GP who listens daily to people suffering from these cuts. It's time for us to say ENOUGH!
I will fight to:
• End the need for food banks for residents in Merrow and Burpham;
• Provide decent social care;
• Provide decent funding to our schools;
• Reinstate stroke services at the Royal Surrey; and
• Stop the plans to ruin Newlands Corner, and keep our green spaces free.
In me, you have someone who understands, who listens, and who ACTS to make a difference in peoples' lives.
Every single vote counts so even if you don't normally vote, let's send a loud message back to the Council showing we residents really can make that difference! Just 5 minutes can change everything...
Anne Rouse – Guildford North
I have lived in Stoughton for 27 years and during that time have involved myself in local community events from co-running a mother and toddler group at Emmanuel church to volunteering at Shepherd’s Hill nursery and being a governor at Stoke Hill School.
I have been a Chair of Governors at the Dene Nursery School (now Guildford Children’s Centre) and was a Governor at Boxgrove School in Merrow for 16 years.
During my time at Boxgrove we grew from a one form entry to a two form entry school which was always oversubscribed. One of my proudest moments came a couple of years ago when the school expanded to a three form entry and named one of the buildings the “Rouse Building” as a thank you for my service. I am passionate about education and will fight to improve funding for local school so they no longer have to lose valuable staff because of cuts to their budget.
As well as my community work I also had my own business for 25 years as a bookkeeper and accountant for several small businesses based in Guildford, so I fully understand the impact of some of the recent changes brought about by the Government and the impact it will have on small businesses in the area. It illustrates perfectly how little the current chancellor understands the pressures felt by small business owners and adds another financial burden which stops those businesses growing.
I am standing in Guildford North because I want to represent the concerns of the people who live here; to remind local people how not only has the Tory party failed Guildford in terms of housing, roads and social care but they have also had very little impact on what matters to the people of Stoughton and Stoke. I have already heard from local residents, who told me of their concerns regarding anti-social behaviour and the feeling that they have lost a sense of community. Many residents are also very worried about the street lights being turned off – leaving them with a feeling of vulnerability when they come home late.
Recently I have spoken to a resident in Stoughton who is looking for volunteers to join him in setting up a Renter’s Association to help protect private renters. If this is something you be interested in joining, please e-mail me and I will pass your details on.
I will be coming to talk to as many residents as I can to find out what is important to them and promise that if I am elected to serve this community I will fight for what our community needs. Please feel free to get in contact with me with your own thoughts and issues.
Mark Redhead - Shalford
I have lived in Guildford with my partner for 31 years, bringing up two sons, now both adults. I currently work in Surrey for an engineering firm helping them win work in the UK for their locally based workforce.
I am a committed member of the local community with a variety of roles over the years including being a member of my local Residents Association for over 15 years, as the current Chairman of Guildford City FC, and being involved in other volunteering work within Surrey. Through my interest in real ale I also volunteer every year at the Great British Beer Festival, recently as manager of Corporate Hospitality.
Professionally I have spent the last 6 years working as a bid designer and writer for an engineering firm in Leatherhead. Before this I was an IT Management Consultant, working largely in financial services in the UK but I also worked regularly in Europe, South East Asia and the US.
I know well the problems facing families and older people today, especially in Health and Social Care, and will stand up to protect our community from further unfair cuts in services and rises in local taxation.
Surrey County Council has presided over a litany of failures in serving our local community; I believe that Shalford needs a representative who can speak out to protect our vital local services and support all members of our community.
Howard Smith – Guildford South East
I am Howard Smith your Labour candidate in the Surrey County Council election on the 4th of May.
I was born in here in Guildford and went to school at Bellfields Primary and then George Abbot secondary. I am married to Debbie, am a new dad and proud to be standing in the Ward in which I live.
In my career I have worked as a professional musician, worked for major media companies, including the BBC, and currently run my own live music promotion company in the centre of the town.
An active campaigner, I joined the Labour Party in Guildford, for whom I have always supported and voted, in frustration at the way that our town has been so badly run. In particular, by poor decision-making, absence of care, and complete lack of meaningful consultation with local people.
There is so much that is great about our town and I meet many visitors who are enchanted with what we have here, but we know too many things are beset by poor decision-making and delays. We don’t want Guildford to be subject to huge change, we simply want to enhance what we have with timely maintenance and sympathetic improvements. We want to ensure that we preserve its beauty but at the same time provide the infrastructure and the services that we need.
I believe the love and commitment I have for my hometown, combined with a determination to do all I can for the area in which I live, would make me a suitable candidate to be your representative on Surrey County Council.
We need to encourage improvements and development to the parts of the town centre which have been abandoned for too long; to the roads and services as well, ensuring that Guildford in the future is a great place for everybody. As someone who lives and works here, with a family and young son growing up here, I want to make sure that the town is the best possible place for all of us.
Matthew Smith – Guildford South West
I moved to Guildford five years ago, after a spell working in Cologne, and have lived in Guildford South West ward since.
Having qualified and worked as a broadcast journalist and state secondary school teacher, I currently work in software development, where I am both a manager and employee representative. During my studies, I worked for an NHS Community Mental Health team.
As well as being a member of Historical Association, I enjoy going to see live music at the Boileroom, playing football at Christ’s College, Guildford, and the Surrey Sports Park, and visiting Riverside Park Nature Reserve.
We deserve better from the high council tax we all pay here in Guildford South West and I would be your voice in tough times, protecting our local services, and improving our schools, roads, buses and social care.
Our Labour councillors on Guildford Borough Council have shown that voting Labour makes a difference. Let me know what matters to you here in Guildford.