St Peter Port vacancies to be filled today

TWO local men are set to take up parish roles in St Peter Port following an uncontested special election meeting tonight.

Both will fill vacancies left by Dennis Le Moignan, who retired in October.

The terms are for one year each, at which point constable Zoe Lihou hopes the new appointees would stand in next year’s election.

‘The last round of elections were really successful with some excellent candidates. It is my hope that this will encourage others to put themselves forward and join our team,’ she said.

‘The fact that both posts are for the term of one year allows whoever stands the opportunity to have a go at the roles and see what being on the douzaine is all about.’

Thomas Moore, 35, has lived in St Peter Port for the last 10 years. He missed out on securing a seat on the douzaine in November’s annual elections, but did not have to wait long for a second opportunity. He said he was ready to give back to his community in any way he can.

‘I was diagnosed with a form of autism at the age of 12, and I want to focus on how to make St Peter Port better for other people with various conditions,’ he said.

Thomas Moore will take a seat on the douzaine. (30278354)

Although inclusivity is an important part of Mr Moore’s campaign, he also believes in supporting green policies.

He works for BWCI, and he was born and raised in Guernsey.

‘I’m new to politics, but I’m keen to help,’ he said.

Benedict Nicholls, also 35, has lived in St Peter Port for the last five years after moving to the island from the UK. He will be elected as a constable after serving as a douzenier for two years.

His focus is on ensuring good ideas do not go unnoticed or get lost.

‘There have been a lot of great ideas this year, but there hasn’t always been the time to commit to them,’ he said.

‘I want to make sure we are following a good process and a robust system to give all ideas a fair chance.’

Mr Nicholls works in finance, and has a young family. He has experience in both retail and hospitality, and he said his experiences have informed his work as a douzenier.

Both men will take up their new roles from 1 January.

.The meeting takes place in the Harry Bound Room at Les Cotils and starts at 7.30pm. It is followed by a drop-in.

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