As part of our 2018 Local Election coverage, we have contacted each candidate standing in 16 wards across South West Birmingham, asking them to contribute to this election’s ’500 Words’ series.
Each candidate has been invited to describe themselves and their campaigns in their own words. Their submissions will be published – without editing – in the order that they are received. Should they be longer than 500 words, they will be cropped.
With the formation of new wards across the city, this is an all-out election, with every seat up for grabs. Some wards have one seat and some have two. Learn more about the ward changes and your candidates.
Our latest submission comes from one of two Conservative candidates for Quinton ward, where two seats are being decided: Rachel Okello.
I am really happy to be a candidate for local councillor in the Quinton ward which has a new boundary. It is my first time to stand here and it’s been wonderful and enriching to meet residents from all different backgrounds.
I’m a mother of four, a wife and a Solicitor by profession. I practise UK immigration law and family law. So I’m used to meeting people from all walks of life and who have come to the UK from around the world.
I was born and brought up in Wales but Birmingham has been my home now for over 20 years. I enjoy coming away from the larger national political issues and being involved with communities on a grassroots level. If I were elected as a city councillor for Quinton I would immediately set about helping residents with the issues raised throughout our campaign:
1. Cleaner streets
2. Reduce crime and anti social behaviour
3. Tackle speeding
4. Repair potholes and broken pavements
5. Keeping weekly bin collections
6. Being a strong voice for residents
I believe that a Conservative led city Council would be a great thing for all the residents of Birmingham and we would see many changes for the better throughout the city.