About Our District Candidates

Beaminster

Jan Page

Janet grew up and went to school in Beaminster. She worked as mobile librarian serving the villages in West Dorset. She was very involved with the Playgroup movement, a College lecturer and she was Under Fives Support Officer for Dorset: supporting, advising and training at playgroups, day-care nurseries and parent & toddler groups. She was on the steering group that set up what became Magna Housing Association and has since become a Board Member and sometime Chairman. Jan Chairs the Audit and Governance Committee at West Dorset District Council.

Eddie Gerrard

Eddie is running for the District Council seat in Broadwindsor and Drimpton. He lives in Drimpton and has been campaigning locally to make sure bus routes aren’t lost in his area. If elected to West Dorset District Council he will fight to ensure bus services reach those in rural areas.

Bridport

Dave Rickard 

Dave is running for the Bridport South ward on the District Council. He has been a Town Councillor for 8 years and was Mayor of Bridport in 2011 and 2012. Dave is a passionate advocate of local democracy who supports the creation of a Unitary Authority for Dorset with increased powers for Bridport Town Council and for the people of Bridport through community enterprises and the Neighbourhood Plan.

He is a founder member of Transition Town Bridport and a member of the Green Liberal Democrats. He’s a retired Ecologist and Environmental Scientist and has been a leading campaigner for the environment and sustainable development through Dorset Agenda 21 since 1994.

Sarah Williams

Sarah is running for the District council in Bridport South. She has a degree in fine art valuation and is married to retired local coast guard Steve. She was elected to Bridport Town Council in 2010 is currently Leader of the Council. In her time on the council she has been Chair of the Planning Committee and the Town Council representative on BLAP, Bridport Museum and the Chamber of Trade and Commerce. Sarah is a member of the Bridport Development Trust, currently working on the restoration of the Literary and Scientific Institute. She is currently Vice Chair of the planning committee.

Dorchester

Molly Rennie

Molly would like to keep her seat for  the District in South Ward. She has represented Dorchester on the Town and the District Council for 28 years - twice serving as Mayor. She has been particularly involved with many Community and Social issues over the years supporting all ages in many ways. Molly is Joint Chair of the South & West Dorset Housing Forum as well as Chairing the South Western Domestic Abuse forum: 'I believe everyone should have easy access to support and assistance. We need to work in partnership with all sectors of  service providers int he the community to make this easier to give an excellent service to all who need it.

Robin Potter

Robin is also running in South Ward. Robin says “When Mayor of Dorchester, I was so proud of the town and its people. Whether at the Carnival, Christmas Cracker Night or at meetings of clubs, the dedication and generosity of residents has been inspiring.“ Robin wants to ensure that Poundbury, the Brewery and Charles Street developments enhance our town, that the traffic flows smoothly around the by-pass rather than clogging up the centre and that Dorchester remains as nice a place to live in as anyone could expect.

Susie Hosford

Susie has lived and worked in Dorchester for nearly twenty years and has been a Town Councillor since 2003. She was elected to the District Council in 2007 and is running in North Ward. She wants to continue to represent Dorchester on issues such as affordable housing, environmental responsibility and changes which will improve the quality of life for those who live here.

Trevor Jones

Trevor has been a West Dorset Councillor for 40 years and has represented the Town, District and County. He is a former Leader of the County Council and three times Mayor of Dorchester. Trevor has successfully campaigned for many improvements to the County Town down the years as well as helping countless local people with their problems and concerns. Awarded the OBE for his public services he carried out support work for Councils up and down the country. 

Stella Jones

Stella is currently leader of the Lib Dem Group on the District and is in fact the longest-serving District councillor in West Dorset. She has also represented Dorchester on the Town and District Council and been Mayor three times. A lot of her work has been around campaigning for groups and charities that focus on the needs of children and families such as Homestart and The Women's Refuge. She used to be a reception teacher at Damers School and lives with her husband, Trevor Jones - they have four children and eight grandchildren. 

Andy Canning

Andy has been a Local Councillor since 1999 and was Mayor of Dorchester in 2012. He believes in working all year round to represent the people of Dorchester and its neighbouring villages and in putting residents' interests first. He is a tireless campaigner working to save local bus services, stop development of our countryside and protect public services - he will continue to campaign on these issues if re-elected in May.

Tim Harries

Tim was educated at Hardye’s School and has lived in and around Dorchester all his life. Tim was first elected to Dorchester Town Council in 1987 and has twice been Mayor. He has also been a member of West Dorset District Council since 1991 and currently serves on the Policy Scrutiny Committee. “Saving our public toilets, libraries and post offices are particular concerns of mine, as is road safety and congestion, said Tim “I would very much like to carry on serving local people.

Sherborne

Robin Legg

Robin Legg has played an active part in local politics since 1979 when, at the age of just 25, he was first elected to the Bradford Abbas Parish Council. For over twenty eight years he represented Sherborne’s villages on Dorset County Council. For the last eight years he has been the District Councillor for Bradford Abbas Ward. Over the years he has helped hundreds of people with their individual problems and assisted many communities bring cherished plans to fruition. As an experienced councillor he knows how to shine a light into a dark corner