Brighton and Hove Green Party has selected Wai Lee, Steph Powell and Dr Fiona Wright as its three candidates for Hanover & Elm Grove ward in the upcoming local council elections in May 2023.
Together the Green candidates will be a strong voice speaking up for the marginalised and dedicate themselves to supporting residents through the cost of living crisis.
Wai Lee, having worked for several years in Higher-Education and specialising in Housing and Facilities Management, said:
“I am passionate about equality and equity for all, social justice and anti-discrimination in the workplace and look forward to making positive and meaningful change for Hanover & Elm Grove.”
Councillor Steph Powell has represented the ward since 2019, leading the council’s anti-racism efforts as the co-Chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture committee.
Councillor Steph Powell said:
“Being a ward councillor is incredibly rewarding – from supporting residents with local issues, to making big policy changes on the council in the most challenging of times.
Senior public health doctor Fiona Wright added:
“My work has always been about advocating for social justice and equality as I have seen the unjust impact that poor housing, financial hardship and the environment can have on health and wellbeing. Now that I am semi-retired I have the time and energy to fight for public services and make a difference in my local community.”
Councillors David Gibson and Elaine Hills will not be restanding.
“I have loved serving Hanover and Elm Grove and will miss it all, but looking forward to a rest. I spent all of my 8 years on housing committee to help achieve a reduction in rough sleeping numbers in the city and to deliver 250 additional council homes including more and more truly affordable homes. Looking back I am also pleased as finance lead to have created the warmer homes fund and expanded carbon neutral funding towards tackling the climate emergency challenge facing future generations”
“In my four years as a councillor our city has faced some of the hardest times, but we did it together. I am proud of our community and the steps I’ve taken to make our streets safer and our water cleaner.”
Councillors David Gibson and Elaine Hills will continue to serve their constituents until the next local elections in May 2023.