Avtar Sandhu | Mayor of Dartford

As an elected member for the Dartford Borough, I feel very privilaged to be serving the borough of my home   town. Having lived in Dartford since approx. 1969, I have seen the town change through the years. Having lived in East Dartford since 1969, I began my Mayor of Dartfordschool life at St. Albanís Road Infants, York Road Primary and then my secondary school years were spent at the Downs School, now known as the Leigh Academy. I am a married family man with a son and daughter, my wife also working within the Dartford Borough.

My introduction into local politics was made by my late father Mr Darshan Singh Sandhu MBE, through him and the people within our lives at the time my passion for local politics began. Having been elected to serve Dartford North East in the Kent County Council elections in 2009, I was given the position of Deputy Cabinet Member for communities, this role gave me enormous insight into the world of politics on a county wide level. Being very much community based, I was keen to enhance the the Dartford North East area as much as I could whilst in the position. Through setting up and running regularly surgeries in the various parts of the area I soon established good links with residents and Iím confident that between us (myself and the residents) we have made changes to the area which will benefit everyone.

In 2011, I became a local borough councillor serving the Newtown Ward of East Dartford. Through the Mayor's Ball Highlightsalready established surgeries and direct interaction with residents, I have made contact with residents and have ALWAYS tried to deal with issues arising from residents as soon as possible. Dartford has fantastic transport links and as a result is a central hub for businesses of all sizes covering a massive range of industries, with the added advantage of Bluewater the borough is the work place for thousands of people.

As a local resident and as an elected member of Dartford Borough Council, I would like to do everything within my power to better the lives of Dartford Residents and all those who work within it!

In May 2014, I was sworn in as Mayor of Dartford. To be the first citizen of Dartford is a pleasure and I am looking forward to getting out and attending a large number of events put on by the residents of Dartford. I look to raise a large amount of money for my 31 different Mayoral groups during my time in office and hope you can all help in any way you can.