Political parties are lining up to name their candidates for the Derbyshire County Council elections on 6 May.
But one familiar figure is missing - Cllr George Wharmby won’t be contesting one of the two Glossop seats he has held for the Conservatives for a number of years.
The other Glossop seat is held by his wife Jean, who is a Cabinet member and who will be seeking re-election.
George, a former Cabinet member, has twice been chairman of the 64-seat council.
Giving his reason for not standing Cllr Wharmby, who has been a member of DCC since 2005, said he had thought long and hard about it, before deciding.
He said: “I am 72 now and (if elected) would be 76 at the end of four years.
“We have a good young candidate and I thought the time was right and I am still on High Peak Borough Council.”
The entire council is up for election for the first time in four years and the lists of candidates contains some making their first bid for a seat.
One of the most intriguing battles will be for Whaley Bridge where Labour’s sitting councillor Ruth George takes on former Conservative Government Cabinet minister Edwina Currie Jones in a clash of former MPs.
High Peak’s Conservative, Greens, Labour and Liberal Democratic associations have accepted the Chronicle’s invitation to supply a list of their candidates, which we are featuring this week.
Next month we will include their photographs, biographical details and policy statements.
Glossop: Dominic Starkey and Jean Wharmby
Etherow: Thomas Wynne
Chapel and Hope Valley: Nigel Gourley
New Mills: Tony Ashton
Whaley Bridge: Edwina Currie Jones
Buxton North East: Linda Grooby
Buxton North West: Tony Kemp.
Glossop: Robyn Summers
Etherow: Robert Hodgetts-Hayley
Chapel and Hope Valley: Joanna Collins
New Mills: Mat Patterson
Whaley Bridge: Lucas Jones
Buxton North East: Peter Crook
Buxton North West: Jane Reynolds
Glossop: Damien Greenhalgh and Gerry Dominey
Etherow: Becki Woods
Chapel and Hope Valley: Phil Harrison
New Mills: Anne Clarke
Whaley Bridge: Ruth George
Buxton North and East: Caitlin Bisknell
Buxton West: David Newton
The party was meeting after we went to press this week and their candidates will be confirmed next week.