If you live in Ilkeston West (North half of Kirk Hallam, up to Shipley View area, and everything in between), then there’s a good chance I’ll be representing you after the Derbyshire County Council elections this May.
What makes me so confident?
The people of Ilkeston West, my neighbours, friends, local business owners; people like me, and people like you.
Before I made the announcement that I was running, I had around a dozen voters telling me they would vote for me. It was this that made me decide I would stand in the election.
Sometimes I develop new websites from scratch, other times I continue developing existing sites. In the past I’d hand-craft HTML and CSS from the ground up. Nowadays I tend to use WordPress or PrestaShop.
After using it for my girlfriend’s dog treat business, Faerytails, I decided I wanted to learn as much as I could about PrestaShop. I’m making a series of online courses to teach others how to use it too.
Here’s an overview of what I’m doing at the moment.
We want our elections to work, so I created the Make.ThisElection.Work website to encourage local elections and provide a platform for local candidates and voters to ask and answer questions in an open, honest, and transparent way. The site encourages fact-checking where appropriate, and gives everyone a fair chance to participate.
Do you sell a customisable product? Faerytails, my girlfriend’s business, sells dog birthday cakes, with tens of thousands of possible colour, size, shape, and flavour combinations. That’s why I started creating the Customise This Product system. A limited quantity are available for only £24.99!
An online course I’m creating to teach people how to get the most out of Presta Theme Maker. After this series is completed, a similar course for creating a website using PrestaShop is next on the list.
Examples of things I’ve done, some of which I’m still working on.
In December 2016 I decided to give away a free website setup package once a month to non-profits under the JOT Web UK brand. The first to take up the offer was the Stop HS2 Erewash group. They wanted a site that brought together their Facebook Page, Twitter, and some static content, all in one place.
As well as the general election in 2015, Erewash held its borough council elections too. I stood as an independent candidate, and got 116 votes; I only delivered about 90 flyers!
I’m standing in the Derbyshire County Council election this year too.
This website (jwdt.co.uk & johnthomson.me.uk) has been created, and is promoted by John Thomson, independent candidate for Ilkeston West, Derbyshire County Council 2017.
23 Jackson Ave, Ilkeston, DE7 8AD.
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