My name is Cllr Martin Schmierer and I am a candidate for Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner. I was previously the Lord Mayor of Norwich and leader of the Green Party group on Norwich City Council.
I was previously the Lord Mayor of Norwich, which is a primarily ceremonial position, but this role allowed me to meet the many community and charity groups that work so hard to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our society.
I have lived in Norfolk since 1994. I am a local councillor in Norwich for Mancroft ward which covers much of the city centre.
Since being elected in 2015, I have campaigned to make Norwich a fairer and cleaner city. It is unacceptable that, according to the last census, 41% of children in my ward live in poverty.
I will continue to present a strong independent-minded voice who will put the needs of local residents first and will ensure that more is done to involve communities in dealing with the issues they face.
Green Party councillors have a history of working hard for the residents they represent. Norwich elected its first Green Party councillor in 2002 and today the Green Party is the official opposition on Norwich City Council.