Tonbridge Conservatives have selected local resident, Georgina Thomas, as their candidate for the T&MBC By Election, to be held on Thursday 8 December 2016.
Georgina is 29. She was born in Bishops Oak Ride (in Trench ward) and has lived in the area all of her life. She and her family now live Northwood Road. She is the only candidate in this by-election who lives in the ward.
Georgina is from a family with deep roots in the community. Her grandfather was Chairman of the Six-in-One Community Centre and her uncle was the resident DJ there. Her family own and run stalls at various local markets, including Maidstone, Tonbridge and Swanley, selling clothing and household goods.
As well as working on the family market stalls, Georgina also runs a small business, importing and selling "onesies", including a number of contracts with local charities who benefit financially from the sale of branded "onesies". These include Folly Wildlife and JDRF-UK, a charity raising money and awareness for Type 1 Diabetes.
Georgina has a history of charity work and community activity before putting her name forward for election. In 2012 she ran a project in conjunction with KCC to discourage young people from drugs, smoking and alcohol abuse and in 2014 she raised over £2,000 in conjunction with the Royal British Legion for improvements to the Tonbridge Memorial Gardens.
Georgina and her team will be fighting a positive local campaign in Trench, free from personal attacks and focussing on the local issues which affect this community.