Cllr Caroline Russell AM, has been reselected to stand again to be your councillor in 2018.
Benali Hamdache and Ernestas Jegorovas have been selected to serve as your Highbury East Ward Team, working to help with Green campaigns and local issues. Look out for them locally!
Caroline has lived in Islington since 1986, initially in Kings Cross and since 1992 in Highbury. She is married with three children. She has a Fine Art MA from Goldsmiths and a B.Eng in Civil Engineering from City University.
Over the years she has worked as an artist, bicycle dispatch rider, community arts leader, university lecturer and, after a period of full time parenting combined with community activism and school governing, as a transport and clean air campaigner.
Caroline was elected as sole opposition councillor in Islington in 2014. She works closely with residents, hearing their issues and bringing people and campaigners into the Town Hall. Despite being the only Green up against 47 Labour councillors, Caroline has successfully put forward motions, suggestions and campaigns that have influenced council policy. Since being elected she has:
In 2016, Caroline was elected to the London Assembly where she focusses on Transport, Economy and Environment for the Green Group. She is Chair of the Economy Committee for the year May 2017-18 and Deputy Chair of the Environment Committee.
Ernestas has lived in Islington for over a decade and around 20 years in North East London, having arrived as a child migrant from East Europe. He personally acknowledges the difference EU has made to his life and thus is a strong Remainer.
He has been a member of the Green Party for over 4 years, joining initially to make the education system better for the most disadvantaged in our society.
He has worked as a teacher for 7 years and is currently the Head of Science in an inner London secondary school. Working with pupils from some of the most deprived backgrounds.
Previously he has been the Vice-Chair of Islington Stop and Search Community Monitoring Group; holding the police to account and National Union of Teachers representative in a further education workplace; protecting workers rights.
He has publicly represented the Green party; having most recently stood in an Islington by-election, increasing Green vote share, and in 2014 achieving over a thousand votes in Highbury West. Ernestas has had party roles at local, regional and national level.
Katie Dawson was a Green Councillor in Islington for four years.
Read more about her work as a councillor here.