East Sussex County Council elections: Upperton ward

Eastbourne goes to the polls this Thursday, May 2, for the East Sussex County Council elections.

Polling stations will be open from 7am-10pm and the results will be announced in the early hours of Friday morning after the count at Eastbourne Town Hall.

You can follow news of the results here on the Herald website and via Twitter at: @eastbournenews

Here’s a run down of the candidates standing in the Upperton ward:

Tom Liddiard (Conservative)

Tom lives in the heart of Upperton and as a borough councillor in the ward believes he has made a big impact since 2011. He says he is standing for election on the county council to ensure Upperton residents’ voices are truly represented in County Hall. Tom was born and educated locally and has worked in both schools and businesses. He has campaigned on many issues and improvements including bulb and tree planting, service road improvements, street lighting, dog mess and crime and anti social behaviour and says if elected he will stand up for Upperton all year round bringing experience youth and vigour to County Hall.

Matthew Quanstrom (Labour)

Matthew Quanstrom has lived in Upperton Ward most of his life and was educated at St Thomas a Becket School in the ward. He is currently studying a physics degree at Sussex University. He believes the Tory cuts are biting hard, jobs are being lost because of Cameron, Osborne and Pickles’ attacks on ordinary working people. He says a county council that fight back against the cuts is needed and if elected as a Labour councillor, he will fight for Eastbourne by trying to gain investment in roads and pavements.

Pat Rodohan (Liberal Democrat)

Three generations of Rodohan’s live in Upperton where Pat and his wife Barbara ran their business. He is passionate about Upperton and has earned the reputation of Upperton Community Champion since he was elected a county councillor. A former borough councillor, Pat helped introduce Life Line, is an active member of the Federation of Small Businesses and keen supporter of Save the DGH Campaign. He says his priorities are to cut waste, not services, better care for elderly, infirm and young people, maintaining roads and pavements and protect the environment.

Amanda Sheehan (UKIP)

Amanda moved to Sussex in 1959 until 1976 and then returned in 2008. She trained as a teacher in London, taught in Eastbourne and the Midlands, was a governor of an infant school for two years and also brought up her family and worked as a secretary to a small family business. She has devoted many years of voluntary work to medical charities and included being a team manager at the annual British Transplant Games and being membership secretary for CVSA-UK. She says she understand the problems effecting education, small business and medical charity work and if elected her experience will help with the challenges that lie head.