Cllr David Carter has been elected as the new Mayor of the Borough of Oadby and Wigston for 2018-2019.
Elected as the new Mayor at the Council's Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Council Offices in Wigston on 15 May 2018, David replaces Cllr Samia Haq to the role which holds important civic and charity functions, but no executive powers.
Mayor Haq, who in 2017 became the county's first female Muslim mayor, announced during the AGM proceedings that she had raised £50,000 for her chosen charity, Leicester Children’s Hospital. The outgoing Mayor also took time to thank her fellow Councillors, the Council’s Senior Management, the Deputy Mayor, the Mayor’s Secretary and her family for all their support during the past year.
A proud Cllr David Carter commented on the decision to be the new Mayor for the Borough: "I am honoured to be elected as first citizen of the Borough and look forward to a busy year representing Oadby and Wigston - celebrating the work of local organisations , voluntary groups and meeting as many residents as possible.”
The newly-elected Mayor has announced the Alzheimer’s Society will be his chosen charity for the mayoral year.
The new mayor explained the personal reason for this choice: “I have chosen the Alzheimer's Society as my charity for the year, in memory of my father who suffered from dementia for the last four years of his life.
“Throughout this time the Alzheimer’s Society provided tremendous support to us as a family, especially my mum.
“In the early stages they provided us with information and advice and, as Dad’s condition deteriorated, access to respite day care and the support of a carers’ support group.”
As with all past Mayors, an action-packed list of civic duties, alongside community and charitable events lie ahead over the next municipal year. A busy time which Cllr Carter is looking forward to and hoping residents will support him by getting fully involved.
Cllr Carter concluded his thoughts on the year ahead and said: “We already have lots of fund-raising events in the pipeline: a sponsored memory walk in September, a barn dance in October, a curry evening at a local restaurant in February and a Big Band Concert at Leicester Grammar School in April.
“I hope that residents are able to support me and my charity by attending one or more of these exciting events.”
Cllr Lynda Eaton JP was elected to the Office of Deputy Mayor.
To find out more information about the Mayor’s chosen charity for 2018-2019, please visit: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/