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Council Elections May 2019

Hartley-Kent: The Website for Hartley
Sevenoaks Council have published the list of candidates for the parish and district council elections on 2 May, and similarly Dartford Borough Council for Longfield parish.

District Council (Hartley and Hodsoll Street Ward)
There  are 5 candidates for the 3 council seats, 3 Conservative and 2 Green.   There is some indication that Conservative and Labour are struggling to  find candidates even (in the case of the Conservatives) in an area that  usually votes for them.  Labour has fielded someone who lives in  Swanley as a candidate in New Ash Green, while the Conservatives are  running their county councillor for Dartford East in Hartley.  It seems  that one of the current councillors for Hartley has been moved by the  Conservatives to fight Hextable for them.

The  election might as well not be happening though, as of the day before  polling day, I have received no leaflet from either party standing.  I  understand some parts of Hartley may have received a leaflet from the  parish council group.

Parish Council

There  will be no parish council elections in Hartley, Longfield Ash or  Fawkham.  Hartley will be run by the usual "one party" of the "Putting  Hartley First" slate of candidates who have controlled the council since  2003.  All are existing councillors with the exception of Perry Cole,  who is also standing for the district council as a Conservative.

One  innovation introduced by the government in 2018 is that candidates do  not have to publish their address, but just give the district they live  in.  If they do this, it means electors won't know if they live in the  ward they are trying to represent. One candidate for the parish council  chose to do this, so from the list of nominations it is unclear whether  or not they live in Hartley.  The list of candidates who will be  automatically elected for Hartley are:

Larry Abraham
Christopher Alford
Sheila Bennett
Penny Cole
Perry Cole
Lesley Driscoll
Annette Ewing
David Graeme
Mally Malham
Matt Mohr
Anne Oxtoby
Ian Ross
Vince Sewell

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