Wilmslow Town Council Election 2019: Candidate Julie Dawn Potts


In the run up to the local elections on May 2nd I will be publishing brief interviews with each of the candidates - standing for seats on both the Town Council and Cheshire East Council - that respond to my request, in the order in which they respond.

To read interviews with other candidates you will be able to click on the tags at the bottom of the article. For example, pieces on the other candidates for the Wilmslow Town Council election will all be tagged 'Wilmslow Town Council 2019 Election'. Candidates representing the same party or group will also be connected via the tags, candidates competing in the same ward will be connected by tags as well and all articles will be tagged '2019 Local Elections'.

Julie Dawn Potts is a Conservative Party candidate for the Wilmslow West ward on Wilmslow Town Council.

Julie has lived in this area all her life and is married with one son who is currently doing is A Levels.

For the last 6 years she has run a sales and marketing business from home on Moor Lane helping and advising local independent businesses. Previously, she worked in sales and marketing at The Guardian national newspaper, Manchester Airport and as a non-academic Director of a primary school. Julie enjoys cooking, eating out with friends, gardening, interior design and going to the Rex to see a great film!

Outside of work, she is actively involved as a volunteer with the Wilmslow in Bloom team and says you will often see her along Chapel Lane doing some measuring up, planting or weeding. She also organises the U18 boys tennis team matches at Lindow Tennis Club.

Why have you decided to stand for election as a ward councillor for Wilmslow?

I care passionately about Wilmslow West ward particularly the Chapel Lane area and for me it's all about community. Over the last 5 years I have been working voluntarily to help make improvements along the lane and to increase awareness to Chapel Lane shops and businesses in order to encourage more people to 'shop local' and support their local businesses and hopefully, I have and will continue to make a difference to my local community.

Have you stood for election before?

No, but I now feel the time is right and I am excited about the challenge!

What do you consider to be the important issues facing Wilmslow?

If I am elected, I will be representing the residents of my local ward Wilmslow West so whilst having a view on the wider Wilmslow issues, I need to focus on my ward! My personal priorities are planning, infrastructure, law & order and public services, but I need to listen to residents and work to their priorities, for me it's all about interacting with the community.

What do you hope to achieve and how in the next four years?

I will be an activist for improvements on behalf of all the residents within my ward. This is a voluntary role with a limit to what I can do, but I will be proud to be a real campaigner on local issues. At the end of the four years I will have made a positive difference to the local community.

What experience and personal qualities will you bring to the role?

I am enthusiastic, hardworking reliable and honest, if I say I'm going to do something I will do everything I can to make it happen!

Why should Wilmslow residents vote for you?

I have lived in this area all my life and care passionately about helping to bring Wilmslow back to life for all who live here, the opening of the Rex Cinema is a great start, but feel that if we pull together there is so much more that we can do to attract shoppers and visitors of all age groups and bring vibrancy back to Wilmslow.

2019 Conservative Party Candidate, 2019 Local Elections, Wilmslow Town Council 2019 Election, Wilmslow West Ward


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Samantha Eaton
Tuesday 23rd April 2019 at 7:34 pm
Keep up the great work Julie,so nice to have someone who is truly dedicated to improving our surroundings and keeping up standards.Great that you are passionate about keeping our shopping local and community spirit high .
Ian Moffitt
Tuesday 23rd April 2019 at 8:41 pm
Made me smile when I saw Julie stand for election as this is typical of her getting involved in our town and trying to improve it. Pity about standing for the conservatives but I guess the candidate is what matters so you've got my support.
Pete Taylor
Tuesday 23rd April 2019 at 9:31 pm
As a non-believer... (in party-politics at local level) I'm disappointed that really good candidates feel they need to tag themselves to the national party system. There is a wealth of talent in our town but we have so badly been let down by cringe-worthy "party before people" slaves.
Jonathan Ratchford
Wednesday 24th April 2019 at 7:07 pm
What a fantastic job you’ve done over many years for the local community, by successfully helping to bring business back to Wilmslow, which is what we all need during these difficult times. Good luck Julie Potts we will be voting for you.
Gillian Steel
Friday 26th April 2019 at 10:33 am
Great to see Julie standing for this position - Julie has worked so hard on so many different projects locally, that have made such a difference to living here, and I know that she is really about community rather than just party politics which for me is a big thing.
Erica Goggins
Friday 26th April 2019 at 6:51 pm
Good luck Julie. You’re a real action woman, always doing and not just talking. Enthusiastic, very hard working and passionate, you would be an asset to the council.
Sally Hoare
Wednesday 1st May 2019 at 4:06 pm
Pleased to see Julie standing as we all know she is someone who achieves things rather than just talk. Very disappointed to see her joining up with the Conservatives though. I really believe that local elections need independent minds.