Labour shortlists two for 2013 mayoral ballot

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LABOUR has drawn up a shortlist of two in the battle to represent the party in next summer’s Doncaster mayoral election.

Craig Sahman and Ros Jones will go head to head for the nomination in a ballot of all party members living in within the three Doncaster parliamentary constituencies.

Mrs Jones, a Doncaster councillor who has in the past served as the borough’s ceremonial mayor chairs Doncaster Council’s audit committee and represents the Askern Spa ward.

Mr Sahman, who is also a Doncaster councillor, is the chairman of the borough authority’s employee relations committee.

The have been chosen from a list of seven names which where initially put forward for the nomination.

The list was whittled down after interviews with senior party figures. The seven included both councillors and non-councillors.

Both are due to take part in hustings debates for party members over the next few days before the vote is held, where they will face questions on their political views.

The winner will take on candidates including current mayor Peter Davies, who has confirmed he will stand for the position again.

Market trader Mick Maye, who was narrowly beaten by Mr Davies in the 2009 mayoral election, has also confirmed he plans to stand again.

He said: “I’m definitely going to be standing. I stood three and a half years ago and won the first ballot by about 250 votes. But Peter Davies won when the second votes were taken into account by about 250 votes.”

Coun Mick Jameson, chairman of Doncaster Councils’ Labour group, said: “I think we have two excellent candidates who are both actively engaged in local politics at this moment in time, and are aware of the demands that will put them if they get the job.”

Doncaster residents voted to stick with the mayoral system in a referendum earlier this year.

Current mayor Peter Davies is the second man to hold the position.

Former Labour councillor Martin Winter held it before him.

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