Five-horse race to win hotly contested council seat

By Chris Betteley in Politics

FOUR town councillors will battle it out in a five-horse race in an Aberystwyth ward as residents get set to go to the polls next month in the Ceredigion County Council elections.

The Aberystwyth Rheidol ward will see incumbent councillor Aled Davies (Independent) - a current town councillor - go up against three other current town councillors, Mair Benjamin (Welsh Liberal Democrats); Endaf Edwards (Plaid Cymru) and Martin Shewring (Independent) for the seat.

Also contesting Rheidol is Welsh Labour candidate Claudine Allison Young.

Rheidol is the only single-seat five-way tussle in Aberystwyth - with six candidates declaring for Penparcau for its two seats.

The incumbents of all five Aberystwyth wards will hope to be returned again - with Alun Williams (Plaid) standing in Bronglais against Jamie Dearden (Lib Dem) and Jamie Christopher Scott (Labour and Co-operative Party).

Ceredig Davies (Lib Dem) will defend his Aberystwyth Central seat against Mark Robert Bolderston, Julie Makin (Green) and town councillor Jeff Smith (Plaid).

Mark Strong is hoping to be returned as the councillor for Aberystwyth North.

He will go head to head with the Liberal Democrat candidate Bryony Davies.

Penparcau incumbents Steve Davies (Plaid) and Lorrae Jones-Southgate will defend their seats against Glyndwr Lloyd Edwards (Lib Dem); Charlie Kingsbury (Lib Dem); Dylan Lewis (Plaid) and Alex Mangold (Lab).

The only incumbent in the north of the county not to seek re-election is long-serving Rowland Jones MBE of Ystwyth Ward.

His ward will be contested by John Edwin Meirion Davies (Lib Dem) and Mererid Jones (Plaid).

Two current councillors in the north of the county (Dai Mason in Trefeurig and Alun Lloyd Jones in Llanfarian) are already guaranteed to return for another term with those wards being uncontested.

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