Kirsten Johnson Steps Down as Wheatley Councillor, Tim Bearder Selected


Liberal Democrat councillor for Wheatley division, Dr Kirsten Johnson, resigned her seat yesterday.

Local campaigner, Tim Bearder, has been selected to replace her in the by-election, likely to be held in mid-to-late November.

Tim Bearder grew up in an Oxfordshire village and is a former BBC Oxford journalist who lived in the county most of his life. He is campaigning against the proposed Expressway, to invest in local services and to fix the roads.

The election is set to be a clear two horse race between Tim Bearder and the Conservative candidate. Labour came a distant third last time.

Commenting, Dr Kirsten Johnson said:

“It has been a pleasure working closely with so many residents to improve our area.

“In Tim Bearder we have a great candidate. He is energetic, committed and will listen to the concerns of local residents.”

Tim Bearder added:

“Kirsten has been a tireless advocate for Wheatley division, working with residents and getting results. I will continue her hard work and keep in touch all year round if elected.

“My top priority will be to lead the charge against the Conservative’s proposal to build an Expressway through the area, destroying wildlife and putting huge strain on our already creaking infrastructure.

“It’s a slap in the face to local residents who have been crying out for improvements in local services and roads to then build a huge road that no one wants, while continuing the cuts.”

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