Xingang Wang and John Gould have been selected as candidates for Molesey East and West in next May’s Elmbridge Borough Council elections.
Both are eager to get started. They are spending the coming months getting to grips with residents’s concerns and taking up issues on your behalf as part of our hardworking local team.
Xingang hopes to join Cllr Steve Bax as one of your Molesey East ward councillors. He is 38 and married, with three daughters.
He grew up in a small town of northern China renowned for its harsh winters and famous ice sculptures and moved to the UK in 2001 to study for a Masters degree.
Xingang worked on engineering and regeneration projects on behalf of the Department of Transport, before moving into banking. He is currently an accounting director for an international bank, as well as a Magistrate in Staines.
A British citizen since 2004, and Elmbridge resident since 2012, he is strongly community-minded. He became interested in politics after helping a friend’s council campaign and was elected as a parish councillor.
Xingang says: “I see the key issues in East Molesey as protecting our local environment, help for our shops and businesses, tackling aircraft noise and illegal boats. I want to ensure the council helps residents and delivers excellent services.”
John aims to become a councillor for the Molesey West ward. He lives in Cherry Orchard Road with his wife and they enjoy walking their two dogs daily across Hurst Park or on Molesey Heath.
He has considerable business and leadership experience to bring to the Council, having enjoyed a career at the top flight of the international logistics industry. He started in a warehouse stacking shelves and worked his way up to become managing director but is currently taking a career break to study for an MBA.
John says: “After 10 years abroad I love living in West Molesey. I am focussed on preserving our beautiful green spaces, and on ensuring the council provides cost-effective, well-run services.”