UKIP’s West Midlands mayoral candidate says he will take a “hands-on approach” if he is elected.
The region will go to the polls on 4th May to elect the head of the new West Midlands Combined Authority.
Among those vying to be the new mayor, who will serve areas including Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Solihull, Dudley and Walsall is Pete Durnell.
Despite not having a lengthy background in politics, the UKIP candidate said he was confident his IT management career working for the likes of Bass, Saga Insurance and Accenture would make him a perfect fit for the role.
“The mayor needs to be persuasive, but also decisive and not afraid to bang heads together if and when necessary, in order to get things done if a consensus can’t be achieved,” he said.
“I’m a good listener, clear thinker, enthusiastic and am passionate about the West Midlands and what it has to offer.
“I would strongly urge everyone to check out candidates’ plans and vision for both the region and the new combined authority, and to go out and vote on May 4th.
The former under 16 West Midlands chess champion has said that operating under the UKIP banner would not cause issues.
“I’m confident engaging with people from all walks of life,” he said.
“Promoting the region will be a very significant and important part of the role.”
People have until 13th April to register to vote and can sign up online.
The full list of candidates is: