Members of the House of Keys have 10 candidates to choose from when they select new members for the Legislative Council.
Carole Lillywhite and Danielle Bell are the last names to be put forward for the election to fill four seats that become vacant at the end of this week. Nominations have now closed.
Michael commissioner Mrs Lillywhite has been nominated by Ayre and Michael MHK Tim Baker and seconded by Treasury Minister Alfred Cannan.
She and her husband Peter have completed the first stage of a project to create a nature reserve and visitor centre at their home at Sartfell.
Mrs Lillywhite has worked as a nurse then as a sister in Charing Cross Hospital, London.
She went on to become a consultant in change management in schools before moving to the island in 2012.
Healthcare professional Danielle Bell, the Department of Health and Social Care’s senior health improvement officer since 2016, has been nominated by Ramsey MHK Dr Alex Allinson and seconded by DHSC Minister David Ashford.
Before her current role, Mrs Bell had been a stop smoking advisor, an educational support officer and a healthier outcomes worker at The Children’s Centre.
In her manifesto, Mrs Bell said: ’The Isle of Man holds a special place in my heart, despite my upbringing, the opportunities the island has to offer has enabled me to flourish and grow.
’In particular the education offered and support I received to allow me to go to university. Without this, I would not be where I am today. This drives my passion to give back and offer my skills for the benefit of our island.’
The election sitting of the House of Keys will take place on Thursday, March 12, at 2.30pm.
The other candidates are: Dr Michelle Haywood, Haafizah Hoosen, Peter Greenhill, Robert Mercer, Zahed Miah and sitting MLCs Kerry Sharpe, Tim Crookall and Bill Henderson who have all stated they are seeking to be reappointed to the council.
Members of Legislative Council are not elected by the public but they vote on laws and Tynwald policies.
But the public will have the chance to grill the nominees at a meeting organised by the Liberal Vannin Party.
Chairman Michael Josem said: ’While it is unfortunate that members of the public cannot vote to elect these politicians, Liberal Vannin is creating an opportunity for members of the public to directly question these prospective politicians. Anyone is welcome to come along and raise the issues that they feel strongly about and put their questions directly to the candidates.’
The meeting is on Monday, March 9, at 7.30pm at Manx Blind Welfare Society, Corrin Court, Heywood Avenue, Onchan. Entry is free and all candidates have been invited to attend.