Green councillors in Oxfordshire told us their stories in two Meet a Green Councillor events this July. They told us how they got interested and elected and then their experiences as local councillors. Take a look at the videos. Would you like to stand for election? Or could you assist a councillor with the wonderful work they are doing?
Read more to watch the videos.
We have a YouTube playlist of talks by councillors. Here are the recent ones.
Oxford City Council
Cllr. Dick Wolff on his story how he became a councillor and what he does as a councillor.
Cherwell District Council
Ian Middleton on his story of how hard it was to get elected and his experience of challenging the Cherwell Tories. Since May 2021 he is also an Oxfordshire County councillor.
South Oxfordshire District Council
Sam Casey-Rerhaye talked about her journey to get elected and all the things she has managed to do as a councillor and cycling champion.
Peter Dragonetti finally got elected after years of trying, once voters got disillusioned with the Conservatives. He developed a rewilding policy which is being implemented by the council.
Oxfordshire County Council
Pete Sudbury's story of how he got involved into climate politics, got elected in a county council by-election, had a success in opposition and now in in the council cabinet that took over from the Tories.
What you can do
Our councillors often get hundreds of pages of documents to read in a week before a meeting. Could you read and summarise the documents on a particular topic for our councillors? If so, volunteer to help a councillor.
The more Green councillors on a council, the more they can do as a group. With more councillors they have more influence on policy decisions, whether in opposition or part of the council administration. They can share the work between them. We need to get more Green councillors elected. Could you become a Green councillor? We need more candidates.