LOCAL Conservatives have chosen Sam Richardson as their candidate for the up-coming Baddeley, Milton & Norton Ward by-election for Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Sam, 21, first moved to the city to study at Staffordshire University, but stayed after finishing his degree and now proudly calls it home.
His job is as a video producer in the city. Whilst studying, he worked for BBC Stoke and volunteered for the local children's charity, Caudwell Children. At University, he took a particular interest in political journalism and ran an online website, reporting on the city council.
Sam said: "I moved to Stoke for a degree and was blessed with so many fantastic opportunities in the area. Now, those opportunities have helped me find a job I love and so I want to give something back to the area that's helped me so much.
"Working from my experience, I'd love to help local people, especially the younger ones, find work and opportunities."
Baddeley, Milton & Norton is a three member ward on Stoke City Council and already has one Conservative Councillor – Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group on the council, Jack Brereton.
Sam said: “I'm honoured to be chosen as the Conservative candidate for the Baddeley, Milton and North by-election – now, I will be hitting the streets, talking to voters about the issues which most concern them.
“Let’s be honest, Stoke City Council is a Labour stronghold. We need more Conservative councillors to balance things out, provide a challenge and hold their decisions to account."