New Richmond mayor wants to see more women join town council

Lorraine Hodgson, left, selling raffle tickets for the Richmond Meet grand draw.

Richmond’s new mayor hopes to encourage more women to join the town council.

Councillor Lorraine Hodgson was voted in by her fellow councillors on Richmond Town Council at a meeting on Monday.

Cllr Hodgson, who is also a district councillor and former president of Richmond Meet, said she was “delighted and honoured” to be elected to the role.

She added: “I have served Richmond Town Council since being elected in May 2015, and have really enjoyed working with and meeting the people of the town.

“We have such a strong community spirit in Richmond and this is evident through the support we get for events that take place in the town such as the Richmond Meet, the Christmas Market and many others.”

Cllr Hodgson said she would like to see more women get involved in the town council.

“The last female mayor was in 2008 so it has taken 12 years for another to be elected and we still only have five female councillors on the 15 strong council.

“This is the strongest showing we have had in recent years and I would love to see more women participating and taking an interest in the council.”

She added: “I would like to thank all my fellow councillors for their support and encouragement to stand and wish Jonathan well for his last few months as mayor following a successful two years in the office.

“I am hoping to meet as many people as possible over the next year and if you see me about please pop over and say hello.”