In less than three weeks Gloucestershire will go to the polls to elect the men and women who will serve the county as councillors over the course of the next four years.
Here are the candidates standing in the Cheltenham division of Battledown and Charlton Kings:
Michael Collins, Liberal Democrat
Mike was born in Cheltenham and he still lives here. He is the proud father of four grown up children and believes that family values are very important. Mike is an experienced councillor and a former Mayor, he has a passion for the environment, education and law and order.
Away from the council he is a qualified aerospace engineer and has worked in that industry for well over 30 years, starting when he served an apprenticeship with Dowty’s in the late 70’s early 80s.
He loves all sport whether taking part or just watching and plays rugby and cricket locally.
Mike was a member of British Gymnastics and was a national judge. He has been involved with Cheltenham Town Football Club for many years. Mike has a reputation as a hard working councillor who believes that residents come first.
Justin Dunne, Ukip
Like many, I’ve become disillusioned with the main political parties. I'm a normal person who wants a safe, prosperous and peaceful country for his children to live in. For this to happen, we must regain control of our future and stop Europe from dictating local policy.
I believe that the £53million given to the EU every day could better be spent on important services, like keeping Cheltenham A&E open and surfacing our roads. Public funding should support important roles like youth workers, not politically correct non-jobs.
I will campaign against the contracting out of services, where costs often increase and quality goes down. Having worked for the NHS and a local authority I'm extremely aware of the pressures and difficulties which services face.
As a University lecturer in Health and Social Care I'm also committed to evidence-based practice, so money is spent on what works and not wasted on pointless activity.
Paul McLain, Conservative
Paul has served Battledown and Charlton Kings on Gloucestershire County Council for the last 8 years. He is married to Heather. They have a 9 year old son and also foster disabled children.
A former actor and scriptwriter, Paul works in communications. He is Associate Director of a company working with vulnerable people; and trustee of a local charity supporting children in care.
Paul’s work with ‘Early Intervention’ for children (doing what it says on the tin!) is nationally respected. It was required reading for both David Cameron and Ed Milliband. Paul’s priority is to champion the most vulnerable in our community – the elderly and infirm, the disabled and children at risk.
Together with a group of keen and occasionally long-suffering dads, Paul coaches junior rugby and cricket for local teams. Thanks to a very patient wife, he occasionally gets the time to play himself.
When no one is listening, Paul plays the saxophone (badly).
Kevin Boyle, Labour: photograph and profile not submitted.
Jon Stubbings, Green Party: photograph and profile not submitted.