Greater Reading Liberal Democrats have selected Reading residents Janel Blattler, James Moore and Meri O’Connell to stand as candidates in Katesgrove, Redlands and Tilehurst wards in the Reading Borough Council elections in 2012.
Their selection follows individual decisions by councillors Peter Beard , Glenn Goodall and Warren Swaine not to seek re-election in the local Council elections in Reading in 2012.
- Cllr Peter Beard is retiring in May 2012 after representing Tilehurst since 2001.
- Cllr Beard represented Norcot ward between 1974 and 1982. His career as a local councillor included a very successful year as Mayor of Reading when he campaigned to improve the lot of the Reading Gurkha community.
- Cllr Warren Swaine and Cllr Glenn Goodall are stepping down at the local elections in May 2012 to focus on their professional careers after four years serving local people in Katesgrove and Redlands.
New candidates set to make a mark
Janel Blatter, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Katesgrove
Janel Blattler began campaigning with the Lib Dems in the run-up to the 2010 General Election.
A Katesgrove resident originally from Canada, she works full time as a designer for a local software company and is also pursuing a MSc in Human-Computer Interaction at University College London.
Cllr Daisy Benson and Liberal Democrat Candidate for Redlands, James Moore
James Moore lives in central Reading and works for a major software company in South Reading.
He is no stranger to being involved in the local community, having been a Scout Leader for six years in Runnymede, Surrey and sat on local Council forums and committees to represent young people of the area.
Cllr Peter Beard with Meri O'Connell, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Tilehurst
Meri O’Connell has lived with her husband in Tilehurst for 17 years.
They have 3 young children and Meri is a school Governor at Moorlands School. Recently Meri has been actively campaigning to stop the proposed changes to the retirement age requirement in Tilehurst’s sheltered housing communities.
Commenting on the news Cllr Daisy Benson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Reading Borough Council said:
“We are very grateful to our outgoing councillors for all their years of service to their communities.
“James, Janel and Meri are energetic, enthusiastic, and committed campaigners who want to make a difference and give local residents in their area a voice on the Council.”
“All of them are already up and running in their wards and working alongside our councillors and I am confident they will make a fantastic addition to the hardworking Liberal Democrat team on Reading Borough Council.