Karen is Labour candidate for Chalford
At a well attended meeting in Rhode House, Chalford yesterday evening, Karen Pitney was selected to represent the Labour Party at the forthcoming District Council by-election on Wednesday 23 November.
Karen fell in love with the area 27 years ago when she first moved to Gloucestershire and used to take frequent walks in and around Chalford, wondering what it would be like to live there. Her dream became a reality ten years ago, and since then she has found the village “everything and more” than she had imagined.
Prior to settling in Chalford Karen worked for over 15 years at the BBC, before moving to the county in the mid 1980s when she transferred to BBC Radio Gloucestershire. Her BBC career took her onwards to the Natural History Unit at Bristol, and then to Specialist Factual Production in London. She subsequently gained seven years experience working in Public Health, and currently works for the Gloucestershire GP Co-operative.
Speaking of her candidature for the Stroud District Council, Karen said, “I have a real passion for Chalford and the surrounding area and so joined the Parish Council earlier this year with a view to getting more involved in local issues, and to prove myself within the local community. My hope was to represent the area at district level in the future. The sad loss of Liz Peters has brought about this vacancy sooner than I had anticipated but I believe this is an election we can win and I can be an asset to this community”
Stroud MP David Drew added, “I am delighted that Karen is our candidate. She has a proven track record working for the Chalford community and I shall look forward to campaigning alongside her. Chalford needs a change and Karen represents the best opportunity for that change to occur.”
“Karen is a great asset to Chalford and has the energy, focus and commitment to make a great District Councillor,” said Amanda-Jane Strover, campaigns manager for West Cotswold Branch Labour Party.
Karen is very active in promoting community projects in Chalford, including supporting an existing parish-led initiative to combat isolation in the area by developing a befriending service. “My work and my spare time is spent focussing on how we can improve the communities around us and how, so often, the little things we do can make the biggest difference.”
For further information Karen can be contacted by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org