The Green Party insists it is the “only credible alternative” for Lichfield and Burntwood voters in the forthcoming Staffordshire County Council.
Residents will go to the polls on May 4 to elect their new representatives.
The Green Party will field candidates across all eight areas covering Lichfield and Burntwood.
Simon Partridge, who will stand for the Greens in Lichfield City South, said his party gave voters a real choice.
“On May 4, everyone in Lichfield and Burntwood has the chance to vote Green,” he said. “We have a candidate on the ballot paper in all eight local divisions – that’s the most we’ve ever had and it’s more than UKIP or the Liberal Democrats.
“It’s evidence that the Green Party are the only credible alternative to the politics-as-usual on offer from the establishment parties.”
Mr Partridge said the party’s opposition to widespread cuts and rising tax bills would strike a chord with many local residents.
He added: “We wholeheartedly oppose the Conservative agenda of cutting public services to the absolute legal minimum while raising council tax by the highest level in a decade and introducing unfair extra charges like the tipping tax.
“It’s an agenda driven by the Tory myth that there isn’t enough money to properly fund even the basics like social care and decent education for our children.
“The truth is that there is plenty of money, but it’s in the wrong hands – the hands of the richest 1% , and corporations who don’t pay their fair share of tax.
“The Conservatives in charge of Staffordshire know this, but rather than stand up to their Westminster puppetmasters they will continue selling off public buildings like The Friary and removing vital funding for services which help the county’s most vulnerable people.
“Urgent and vocal opposition is required to counter this Tory myth and the catastrophic agenda it serves. Such opposition has to start at a local level and we believe we are the only party in Lichfield and Burntwood which can provide it. We promise that a Green vote is a vote for genuine opposition.”
Full list of candidates standing in Lichfield City South:
- Colin Ball – Labour
- Jamie Christie – Lib Dems
- Colin Greatorex – Conservatives
- Simon Partridge – Green Party