The final names of those hoping to become the first ever Police and Crime Commissioners for Staffordshire and Warwickshire in next month's elections, have been announced.
Nominations closed at 12noon last Friday, October 19, for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election on Thursday, November 15.
In the Staffordshire election, which covers Tamworth, there are just the two main party candidates, but in Warwickshire, which covers Polesworth, Atherstone and Coleshill, there is also an independent candidate.
The Staffordshire candidates are:
• Matthew Ellis (Conservative)
• Joy Garner (Labour)
The Warwickshire nominations are:
• Ron Ball (Independent)
• Fraser Pithie (Conservative)
• James Plaskitt (Labour)
Please note candidates still have until 12noon on Wednesday 24 October to withdraw.
The PCC election will take place on Thursday 15 November with Polling Stations across Staffordshire and Warwickshire open from 7am to 10pm.
Police and Crime Commissioners will be elected by the public to oversee how crime is tackled in their area to make sure the police are providing a good service. The role will include meeting the public regularly to listen to their views on policing, producing a police and crime plan setting out local policing priorities, deciding how the budget will be spent, appointing Chief Constables and dismissing them if needed.
For further information on the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner election please visit www.warwickshirepcc.info and follow @WarksPCCElects on Twitter.
An information booklet from the Electoral Commission on the Police and Crime Commissioner elections is being delivered to every household in October.
For a full list of candidates and more information about them (available from 26 October) contesting the Police and Crime Commissioner elections please visit: www.Choosemypcc.org.uk