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County Council Candidate - Selwyn Runnett

Selwyn Runnett has been selected by the Carmarthen West Liberal Democrats to contest the St Clears County Council seat on 3rd May. Selwyn says:

"I'm very pleased to have been asked to stand for the St Clears County Council seat. I've been an active member of the community in St Clears for ten years, working hard to promote the Town and do my best for local people. However, there are many more things that need to be done and, if I'm elected on 3rd May, I will do everything I can to represent and stand up for the interests of both St Clears and Bancyfelin."

About Selwyn

  • Selwyn set up a new business in St Clears in 2002 which now trades as Runnett Property from Walsall House in Pentre Road (and also from shop premises in Carmarthen).
  • He is a member of the St Clears Chamber of Trade & Commerce and was the Chair between 2004 and 2007 - he was involved in a number of campaigns including lobbying the Environment Agency to upgrade the Pentre Road bridges and carry out flood defence works and also in starting the first town carnival (in conjunction with Antur Cwm Taf-tywi).
  • He was elected as a St Clears Town Councillor in 2008 - he has worked hard (along with the other Town Councillors) to improve St Clears & Bancyfelin as well as helping many people on an individual basis with a variety of issues and problems.
  • He lives on a smallholding (between Bancyfelin and Meidrim) with his wife Lindsay.
  • He is not a professional politician. He became active in local politics because of his personal experiences of the difficulties the current health and social care system creates for people trying to care for elderly relatives.
  • He has been an active campaigner for more local jobs, improving our local Health Service, getting better rail services for West Wales and improving the way our local Councils work.
  • He is from Lancashire originally but came to Wales in 1980 as a student at Cardiff University where he gained a degree in Law. He also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).
  • He has worked as a senior manager both in local government and in housing associations. He has also been a management consultant specialising in both property services and public sector efficiency improvement.
  • For the last thirteen years he has been in the private sector having created three business start-up companies and developed one growth company.
  • He currently works part-time for the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member, William Powell, managing his Regional Office and dealing with a variety of constituency-related issues..
  • He has a long-standing interest and commitment to public sector reform and improvement, small business development and growth, and also environmental and animal welfare issues.
  • He is a member of a number of organisations including two Business Chambers, the Federation of Small Business, the Henry Doubleday Research Association, the Soil Association, Friends of the Earth Cymru, the Small Woods Association, the Border Collie Trust, and the Centre for Alternative Technology.
  • He is an active Member of the Methodist Church and has been a Lay Preacher.