Rochford District Council Candidates

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Cllr Craig Cannell
Downhall & Rawreth

Adopted Essex as his home in 2016 and lives in Rayleigh with his fiancé, Charlotte, and rescued greyhound

Has proudly represented Downhall & Rawreth on Rochford District council since January 2018

Works as a Digital Product Owner in the public sector, focussing City of the Future initiatives

Managing Director of the recently opened Rochford Financial Centre in Rochford

Seasoned volunteer, including during the Covid lockdown

Somehow finds time to play football

Marco Quintana
Trinity

Born in the Canary Islands, Marco lives in the heart of our Trinity Ward in Cotswold Avenue, Rayleigh.

Marco has the longest name on our ballot paper!

Marco Ahiram Quintana Santana (known as Marco Quintana)

Marco probably has the longest job title:

Phlebotomy and Cannulation Supervisor for the local NHS

But his campaign slogan is the shortest – save Mill Hall!

Recently he has been working as one of the COVID vaccinators at Mill Hall and other south east Essex locations.

Marco is a keen campaigner to save Mill Hall “having worked in Mill Hall I can see what a wonderful building it is for our local community. It would be tragic to lose it. That is one of the main reasons why I am standing in this election”.

Marco volunteers for the Basildon Mind Charity which offers services, support and advice to people with mental distress. The charity also provide information to professionals, carers, family and friends of those effected.

Steve Tellis
Wheatley

Steve Tellis lives in Wheatley Ward (the only candidate to live in Wheatley Ward this year )

Experienced former Councillor(retired unbeaten after 8 years service).

Served when Lib Dems were the largest group on our Council, improving Rayleigh Town Centre, refurbishing Mill Hall, introducing bus passes for senior citizens (before government schemes), they also introduced recycling schemes before they became fashionable.

Works for an London based International Shipowner

Volunteers as Secretary of a Building Preservation Trust Charity.

Has lived in our Wheatley Ward for over 40 years

Steve was motivated to stand this time by Conservative plans to demolish Mill Hall and sell off the land, also the Civic Suite and grounds,  to a developer who wants to build flats and other high density housing in our Conservation Area. This is all being done fund the building of new Council Offices in Rochford. All these Rayleigh facilities are in Wheatley Ward. “It must be stopped!”


Roger Gardner
Hockley & Ashingdon

Experienced Parish Councillor (Hawkwell) and community campaigner.

A Trustee for Ashingdon and Hawkwell East Memorial Hall, a community hub that receives no support from the District Council.

Roger is a retired engineer who puts his expertise at the disposal of the community. Many Council issues require an understanding  of technical matters that will be in the reach of Roger’s extensive knowledge.

Roger said:

“Having lived on the Ashingdon Road for many years, I have seen our area changing from a semi-rural to a busy urban environment. Future development threatens even more traffic and pressure on our vital local services. I will be a hard working District Councillor in these difficult times”.

Derek Brown
Roche South

Derek Brown has lived in the Rochford Roche South ward for almost two decades and knows our local area inside out.

 For seven years Derek represented our area on Rochford Parish Council, including several years as Chairman of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

 As a self-employed Accountant Derek has given his services to charitable groups over the years and now wants to ensure the District Council gets real value for money.

 Derek said “I believe in the common sense approach to local government, without secret meetings or whipping into line like the Conservatives. We should be listening and serving local people”