Bristol mayoral election’s 15 candidates

15 11 2012

There is a choice of 15 candidates in today’s Bristol mayoral election. But unlike local council and Westminster elections, it’s not a case of putting an ‘x’ next to your favourite. Under the Supplementary Vote system, you can make a first and second preference, so tactical voting is very much an option.

All of the first choices will be counted and if one candidate obtains more than 50 per cent of the vote, they are the winner. This is extremely unlikely, however, and is is here that the second preference votes will become crucial, with the two candidates with the most votes remaining in the race and second votes for the eliminated 13 redistributed. The candidate with the most votes after this second count will become Bristol’s first elected mayor, with the result expected to be announced early on Friday evening.

Here are all 15 candidates:

Daniella Radice, Green
An environmental specialist, Radice has been campaigning on issues including making Bristol self-sufficient in renewable energy and the removal of billboards in the city.

Dave Dobbs, The Birthday Party
Dave believes that the water in the Great Flood came from Mars. As mayor his pledges include implementing community food production and promoting sustainable energy.

Jon Rogers, Liberal Democrats
A recently retired GP, city councillor, and former executive member for care and health, Rogers is in the middle of a cycle tour of all of Bristol’s doctors surgeries.

Geoff Gollop, Conservative
Bristol’s most recent Lord Mayor is a chartered accountant who lives in Henleaze. With his proficiency with a calculator, he claims he is “the only serious contender for mayor”.

George Ferguson, Bristol 1st
An architect who was Bristol’s first Liberal councillor, originally standing as an independent before registering Bristol 1st as a party as a “legal technicality”.

Marvin Rees, Labour
An NHS programme manager who has previously worked as a broadcast journalist for both the BBC and ITV, as a political campaigner and charity coordinator.

Neil Maggs, Respect
The school bursar is committed to anti-cuts and peace, justice and equality. “Let’s get Bristol back to work,” he says. “Bristol deserves Respect.”

Owain George, Independent
The landlord of the Albion in Clifton Village – who remains in place despite the pub being recently bought by St Austell Brewery – and also owner of cafe 194° Farhenheit.

Philip Pover, Independent
Describes himself as “just an ordinary guy… (with) a lot of ideas about what is right and how Bristol can be improved for all Bristolians”. A fan of amateur dramatics.

Rich Fisher, Independent
A graphic designer who promises to rip up red tape on new business start-ups, build around trees not through them and remove all traffic from the city centre.

Spud Murphy, Independent
A former Conservative councillor who advocated the removal of Banksy’s hanging man graffiti before getting on a cherry picker to try to clean it when it was vandalised.

Stoney Garnett, Indepedent
A former postman and football referee who lives in Whitchurch and is never seen without his red hat. Claims to know what the people of Bristol really think about.

Tim Collins, Independent
A planning consultant from Lockleaze promising to create jobs, prevent the redevelopment of Filton Airfield and give Bristol a transport system to be proud of.

Tom Baldwin, Trade Unionists and Socialists Coalition
The youngest candidate promises to reverse the closures of seven day care centres and eight care homes in the city, campaigning against “attacks” on the NHS.

Tony Britt, Independent
A Knowle Wester who was homeless in 2010. He promises to reinstate Bristol’s tram system and give up £10,000 of his wage so children can see shows at the Hippodrome.



3 responses

15 11 2012

Just a minor point about how the second vote system works – second votes for all 15 candidates are not redistributed, only those for the 13 who didn’t make it into the top two. And only second votes expressing a preference for one of the top two will be counted in the second round. So if, as is predicted, George and Marvin are the two with most votes after the first round, and one of them receives your first vote, your second vote is not taken into consideration. Your second vote is only counted if your first choice is not in the top two. So if, for instance, you wanted to have your support for a candidate who is unlikely to be in the top two counted (say, Daniella) you would need to put her first. And if your second vote was for someone else who wasn’t in the top two, that wouldn’t be counted either. Tactical voting, yes, but it’s a bit more complex than we’re used to! See:

15 11 2012

Thanks for updating the post to reflect the above comment

15 11 2012

Thanks for the info, Lyndsay. For all its faults, at least FPTP is easy to understand.

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