VOTERS are taking to the polls today in a by-election to choose a new councillor.
Residents are voting to elect a member to represent the St Helen’s ward on Chesterfield Borough Council following the death of Cllr Trevor Reynolds who previously held the seat.
There are a total of five candidates – Kate Barker, for the Green Party, Shelley Dale, for the Conservative Party, Keith Lomas, for the UK Independence Party, Tom Murphy, for the Labour Party, and Tony Rogers, for the Liberal Democrat Party.
Outside one of the polling stations at St Andrews United Reformed Church Hall, voter Roger Money said: “I’m not happy with the present coalition government between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.
“I’m voting according to what’s going on nationally.”
Maurice Adlington, who turned out to vote with his wife Jacqueline and son Craig, added: “I’m voting because it’s important to exercise this basic democratic right.
“We’re concerned about a number of local issues including policing, roads and the general state of the area.”
Jill Pendleton added: “I just hope that the new councillor continues to work to improve life for local folk.”
Officials said that so far turnout was low.
Voting will be open until 10pm and polling stations are located at St Andrew United Reformed Church Hall, Newbold Community School and Winster Court.
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