The Labour Party has selected its candidates to contest the City of York Council elections in Hull Road Ward in May 2015. The candidates will be Hilary Shepherd, Neil Barnes and David Levene.
Neil Barnes is already well known in Hull Road where he has been a councillor since 2011. David Levene is currently the councillor for Heslington Ward; part of his ward will move into Hull Road Ward next year. Hilary Shepherd, replaces Cllr Fiona Fitzpatrick who has already announced that she will stand down from the Council at the next election to return to a career in education.
Fiona Fitzpatrick commented "I have every confidence that Hull Road has an excellent team of candidates to represent residents in the ward"
Neil Barnes said "Representing Hull Road ward for the past four years is one of the most important things I've ever done. I wish to pay tribute to Fiona Fitzpatrick, who will be missed in the ward, as she has worked incredibly hard on behalf of residents and been a fantastic councillor to work alongside. However, I look forward to the opportunity to represent residents for four more years and to continue working alongside community leaders to improve the area for everyone’s benefit".
Hilary Shepherd said "I have recently retired from working for the Council. I am very keen to use my knowledge and experience to build on the work with local residents that Labour councillors have been doing in Hull Road ward for many years".
David Levene added “It has been an honour to serve Heslington for the past few years, and with boundary changes moving the majority of Heslington ward into the new Hull Road ward, I am looking forward to using what I have learnt – increasing volunteer involvement in local amenities, building better relationships between students and permanent residents, and tackling housing and transport issues near the University – for the benefit of all Hull Road residents".