Councillor Gloria Cawood, who has represents Nunney and other villages on Mendip District Council, will retire at next month’s election after 32 years.
She represents Nunney as well as Cranmore, Doulting, Downhead, Whatley and Chantry.
The Lib Dem Councillor decided not to stand for re-election in the district council elections on 7 May in order to spend more time with her family.
Gloria lives in East Cranmore with her husband Chris, a Veterinary Surgeon. They have two grown-up children and four grandchildren. She enjoys relaxing with family and friends, gardening, walking her dogs and reading.
Councillor Gloria Cawood’s wealth of experience will no doubt be sorely missed by members of Nunney Parish Council. As well as serving on Mendip District Council for 32 years, she was previously also on Somerset County Council.
We won’t know who takes over from her on Mendip District Council until the election results are announced on 7 May.
David Heath, MP for Somerton and Frome (and Nunney), also announced that he is not standing for re-election.
He has been member of Parliament for the Somerton and Frome Constituency since 1997 and was Minister of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in DEFRA.
Somerton and Frome is one of the biggest rural constituencies in England, covering almost 900 square miles. It stretches across a large part of Somerset – bordering Wiltshire to the East, Bath & North East Somerset to the North and Dorset to the South.
It straddles the boundary between two district councils, Mendip and South Somerset. Its main towns are Frome, Wincanton, Bruton, Somerton, Castle Cary, Langport and Martock.
Candidates (PPCs) hoping to take David Heath’s place at the 7 May elections include David Oakensen (Labour), David Rendel (Liberal Democrats), Theo Simon (Green), David Warburton (Conservative), Alan Dimmick (UKIP) and Ian Angell (Independent).
Mr Heath is now tipped to take a seat in the House of Lords.