Next Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent could set record

Councillor Bowers has held the role twice previously

Councillor Jean Bowers has been proposed as the next Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent - a role she's held twice before.

It would make Councillor Bowers the 94th Lord Mayor to receive the iconic gold civic chain. 

She is set to take over as the city’s First Citizen from Springfields and Trent Vale councillor Jackie Barnes, at the annual council meeting to be held on Thursday, September 10, subject to a vote by all 43 members of the city council.

If agreed, this will be the third time that councillor Jean Bowers has been Lord Mayor – following terms of office previously held in 2009-2010 and again in 2015-16 – an historic achievement that no other person has ever secured in the city.

As a result of the coronavirus, this year’s Lord Mayor term of office will be eight months long, rather than the usual 12 month-period. 

Councillor Jean Bowers said: “It is an honour to be announced as candidate for Lord Mayor. It’s been an unusual year but given that it’s the third time I’m due to hold this position, I’m hopeful that it will all go well.

"I love being an ambassador for the city of Stoke-on-Trent and I am looking forward to doing the city proud.

“It is a great honour to be put forward in this civic role a historic third time and I am looking forward to a busy and exciting year ahead.”     

Councillor Chandra Kanneganti has been announced as the candidate for deputy Lord Mayor.          

Councillor Abi Brown, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “I’m in no doubt that the two candidates put forward will make a formidable civic team to represent this city.

"Councillor Jean Bowers has a proven track record as a hardworking ambassador for Stoke-on-Trent with two terms of office already as Lord Mayor while councillor Kanneganti is a new councillor with great ideas and enormous amounts of enthusiasm.

"I’m looking forward to seeing what exciting ideas they have for the eight months ahead.”

Councillor Ann James, deputy leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “This year has been like no other and it’s great that we have councillor Jean Bowers ready to take up the civic responsibility of Lord Mayor again.

"Taking up the position for a third term is testimony to councillor Bowers who I know will do a fantastic job.”      

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