REFORM Jersey has confirmed a fourth candidate for the St Helier Central district.
Deputy Rob Ward is seeking a second term in the Assembly, having gained a seat following his first campaign in 2018.
The former teacher and union leader currently chairs the Children, Education and Home Affairs Scrutiny Panel and has served a number of others.
He said: ‘I have proudly represented St Helier as a Deputy since May 2018 and believe I have gained a reputation as a committed and hard-working States Member. I have been a vocal contributor in States debates and have tabled more questions than any other member. I have held regular constituency surgeries and taken on casework to support people across the Island.
‘In the Assembly, I have successfully brought forward propositions to deliver a new youth and community centre in the north of town, introduce a bus pass for students and to declare a climate emergency. Most recently I won a proposition to ensure that the gas works site can be used for an extended Millennium [Town] Park and much needed new primary school to meet the education needs of the children in St Helier.
‘I have fought for much more, including free school meals, increases in the minimum wage and removing duty from biofuels which the wider Assembly failed to support. I believe that with more Reform Jersey candidates elected, we can deliver more for the people of Jersey.’
Deputy Ward is standing in St Helier Central alongside fellow Reform Jersey candidates Deputies Geoff Southern and Carina Alves and entrepreneur Catherine Curtis. There are five Deputy seats available in the district. In 2018, Deputies Ward, Southern and Alves secured a Reform Jersey clean sweep in St Helier No 2 – the district which most closely resembles the new St Helier Central.
Deputy Ward added: ‘I will drive forward a progressive education agenda, ending the constant cycle of paid consultants and instead acting to improve opportunity.
‘We must ensure our response to climate change means a fair transition for all of our community. With my Reform Jersey colleagues we will again pursue our clear manifesto pledges and our commitment to a fairer society.’