Current councillors for Regency Ward, Alex Phillips and Tom Druitt have decided not to contest the election.
Brighton and Hove Green Party have today announced their first set of candidates standing in the local elections in May 2023
Kahina Bouhassane, who recently stood for the party as their Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner candidate, alongside local equalities campaigner Tom Pashby have been selected as Green Party candidates by a vote of local members.
Pashby, who is non-binary, works as a writer in the sustainability sector and is studying for a masters degree at the University of Sussex. They grew up in Hertfordshire but have lived in Brighton since 2019.
Bouhassane grew up in Brighton and Hove and has experience in the cultural sector, climate and equality charities and special educational needs education in Sussex. She is currently the local party’s deputy chair.
Kahina Bouhassane, green candidate for Regency ward said:
“I am thrilled to have been selected as the candidate for Regency by the Green Party. I am keen to represent the people of Regency and will work tirelessly to help support a better quality of life for residents by prioritising the climate and equality. I am committed to advocating for the needs of residents, listening to your priorities and using this dialogue to help inform discussions as to how this city is run.
As someone who was lucky enough to grow up in this incredible city, I have always been proud to call it home and I will work to ensure it remains a beautiful, sustainable and culturally rich place to live.”
Tom Pashby, green candidate for Regency ward added:
“I’m pleased to have been selected as one of the Green party’s candidates for Regency for the 2023 local elections.
“I love Brighton & Hove and our vibrant communities, and will do all I can to support residents and local organisations. I’m particularly keen to work with local people on housing issues, and making walking and cycling more accessible and enjoyable.”
Current green councillors for Regency Ward, Alex Phillips and Tom Druitt chose not to contest the election. They will continue to serve as councillors until the local elections in May 2023.
Responding to the announcement of results, Cllr Alex Phillips said:
“After much consideration and after what will be 14 years of service, I have decided not to restand as a councillor to focus on my work with Lord Bird on the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help enact legislation to ensure the consideration of the needs of future generations in all Parliamentary decision-making.
“As a councillor I have been honoured to serve residents in two wards, Goldsmid and Regency, and am most proud of: working with colleagues to successfully turn the old Hove police station into a much-needed primary school; working with residents to close a pub which had become an anti-social behaviour hotspot (and turn it into much-needed housing); and becoming the youngest ever Mayor of our wonderful city.
“I’d like to thank residents for putting your trust in me over these years and I wish our new Green candidates for Regency ward and my colleagues the very best for the future.”
Cllr Tom Druitt, councillor for Regency ward added:
“It’s been a huge privilege to serve the residents of Regency ward as their councillor in the city I love. It’s been a rewarding experience, especially helping residents navigate the system and getting action on the issues most important to them.
“Some of the highlights have been: supporting residents dealing with antisocial behaviour issues in local green spaces; working with residents to stop Temple Street being used as a dangerous rat run; working with colleagues to get a winter night shelter set up for rough sleepers; and supporting local businesses with a range of issues to help them stay in business – before, during and after the covid-19 lockdowns.
“I will miss working with residents to improve the local area, but I’m pleased that our new green candidates for Regency ward, Kahina and Tom, have put themselves forward. They are fantastic candidates with strong Green values and lots of energy. I wish them the very best of luck with the election – residents will certainly be in good hands.”