Councillor Sonia Russe Weston-super-Mare Town Mayor 2022 – 2023 Image by Heidi Burton
I was born in Montpellier, Bristol where at seventeen, I was a young married Mum. Sadly, the marriage was relatively short and I was then, an independent single parent and working Mum. When my two children left home and my mother had died, I decided to move to Weston. It was quieter, safer, more affordable with good communication links and was a fresh start.
I bought a flat on the Hillside with nice views but needed complete renovation. When I moved in, I realised I knew no one in the town but within weeks I was canvassing for the 2007 Local Elections for candidates I didn’t yet know. I joined TENONS (The Environmental Network of North Somerset) running meetings and popular seminars at the Blakehay Theatre relating to energy issues and climate change. I also became a member of FOOT (Friends of Our Tropicana) in opposition to the local authority’s collaboration with a developer called Henry Boot seeking to build a massive, inappropriate complex on the footprint of the Tropicana. Boot was clearly too big for FOOT and fortunately, the developer pulled out.
As an experienced Mentor in Bristol and Bath for challenged teenagers, I continued that work in Weston and also served as a Governor at two primary schools. I have been a long standing Trustee of the Weston and District Community Transport a charity transporting children to special schools and for disabled and elderly people in and around the town and to medical appointments.
Recently I joined the Weston Yacht Club and given a long standing practical interest in sailing, my chosen Cadet is one of Weston’s Able Sea Cadets. I hope soon to be out in Weston Bay being challenged by the eddies and tides for which the estuary is famous.
I became a dual hatted Councillor for North Worle in 2011 and again in 2019 for Mid Worle latterly for the Town Council only, which has led me to this happy state as the next Mayor of Weston super Mare.
I am immensely proud of the achievements of the Town Council in bringing communities together despite the devastating effects of Covid. I have never failed to be impressed by the common sense, good humour and aspirations of the hard-working residents of Weston. With their help, their inspiration and their generosity I will do my very best to help our town move ‘Ever Forward’ in line with the Town’s Motto‘.
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