Michelle Stewart for Donnington and Iffley Fields & St. Mary's
I am passionate about community, inclusion and diversity. I believe the Green Party is Oxford deserve a stronger voice both in the City Council and County and residents deserve to be supported by Green Party councillors. I know Oxford really well, have worked for many of the large organisations based here - Oxfam, Brookes, University and know the City well.
I enjoy locally driven issues and directly supporting residents. Through my professional experience as a project manager, am skilled at stakeholder engagement, policy documentation and am quick at understanding complex materials.
I feel my personality, energy and professional background make me a strong candidate both as a City Councillor and County Councillor to represent residents, the Green Party and hold decisions to account.
Why I am standing
I am standing to provide representation to the residents, business' in the Donnington Ward area. I believe in the importance of local politics and ensuring that City Council and County Council decision making is placed through rigour and correctly reflects the needs of the community. I feel it is important the residents voices are heard - not just those who shout the loudest, but all voices are given a space to be heard and considered. I would take the time to communicate well with residents outlining why decisions have been taken and discussing their impact.
How I will campaign
Visibility, engagement and listening. It is vital to listen to local residents and business' voices and genuinely listen to their concerns. Regular communication, regular visibility backed by a strong Green Party vision. Meet people in the community, understand the community and create a dialogue that creates a sense of collaboration and engagement with the Green Party and myself as a candidate.
Skills and time commitment
I love campaigning and have huge energy for a campaign. I enjoy connecting with residents, raising visibility and profile building. Am able to give time to this election campaign and hope to both run and win an election. Am flexible, easy going and supportive and also create an environment of fun when campaigning and working with other volunteers.
If elected, I would take the role and responsibility seriously and ensure that both the Green Party and residents are well and fully represented - again this would be by constantly raising a profile in the community and broader City and County.