Jack Cheetham elected in St James with increased vote share
Local small business owner Jack Cheetham has been elected as the Conservative Councillor in St James Ward.
He increased the vote share achieved by Conservative candidates in the St James Ward in May 2014 by over 5%, and in doing so won the second highest percentage of votes in a Kingston by-election for almost a decade.
Jack is a local small business owner who was born and raised in Kingston upon Thames and lives in St James Ward. The same energy and drive that pushed him to start his own business will now be directed towards helping the Conservative Administration on the Council.
As a small business owner, Cllr Cheetham understands many of the challenges that local small businesses face, and he intends to champion them on Kingston Council.
The by-election was triggered by the death of former Kingston Conservatives leader Howard Jones in October.
Speaking after his victory, Cllr Cheetham said,
I'm really grateful to the voters of St James and look forward to working hard in their interests just as Howard Jones did for so many years. This is a clear endorsement of the new Conservative Council’s progress in tackling the shameful legacy of the previous Lib Dem administration.”
The turn-out for the December 16th by-election in St James ward was just under 40%:
- Jack Cheetham, Conservative: 1,123
- Annette Wookey, Lib Dem: 865
- Stephen Dunkling, Labour: 355
- Benjamin Roberts, UKIP: 206
- Alexander Nelson, Green: 71
Follow Jack at @StJamesJack