Bristol Mayoral candidates named: City Hall

09 Apr 2021

Democracy and Engagement

Bristol Mayoral candidates named

Voters will go to the polls on 6 May 2021

The list of candidates standing in the upcoming Bristol Mayoral election has been published by Bristol City Council.

On Thursday 6 May, eligible voters in Bristol will take to the polls to vote on who they want to represent them at a city and local level. The list of Bristol Mayor candidates includes nine names whilst 293 candidates will stand in the local council election, only the second time all 70 councillors will be elected on the same day.

Those standing in the Bristol Mayoral election are:

Tom Baldwin - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Robert Clarke - Reform UK

Sean Donnelly - Independent

Dr Caroline Gooch – Liberal Democrats

Sandy Hore-Ruthven – Green Party

John Langley - Independent

Marvin Rees – Labour Party

Oska Shaw

Alastair Watson – The Conservative Party

From mid–April, everyone in the city who is registered to vote can expect to receive a Mayoral Election booklet which includes information about the election and a campaign statement from those candidates who wished to be included. The council is legally required to produce this booklet for all registered voters.

The names of those standing to become councillors and represent the city’s 34 wards will be available on the council website from 4pm on Friday 9 April.

Only registered voters will be able to vote on 6 May. The deadline to register is midnight on Monday 19 April 2021. Registration can be done online via the gov.uk website or for anyone unable to register online, postal applications are available. The relevant forms can be download from the Electoral Commission website.

The three ways to vote are as follows:

  • Polling station – citizens will be able to vote in person at the polling station on their poll card from 7am to 10pm. Staff are taking precautions to make sure that polling stations are Covid-secure, including one-way systems, social distancing, face coverings and sanitising. Voters will also be invited to bring their own pencil if they prefer.
  • Postal – voters can apply for a postal vote from now until 5pm on Tuesday 20 April
  • Proxy – where you can ask someone to vote on your behalf either at a polling station or by post. Anyone who is self-isolating and can’t attend a polling station themselves can apply from an emergency proxy.

Visit the Bristol City Council website to learn more about registering for a postal or a proxy vote.

Residents across the region will also cast their votes on 6 May for who they want as the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner and West of England Combined Authority Mayor.

The list of  candidates standing in those elections can be found on the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner and the West of England Combined Authority websites respectively.