Originally published in the Daily Post, April 12, 2012.
ALL the candidates standing for council elections in North Wales have been announced, after the deadline to file or withdraw has passed.
In total, 39 of the 243 seats up for election across North Wales will not be contested – including a quarter of the seats in Gwynedd.
In the uncontested seats, candidates who put themselves forward will be automatically elected onto the council.
Eighteen of the 71 wards, electing 75 councillors, will have just one candidate, meaning the election has already been decided in these areas.
As recently reported in the Daily Post, one ward, Bryn-Crug/Llanfihangel, will have no councillors standing at all, after the incumbent, Arwel Pierce, decided not to seek re-election.
No one else put themselves forward.
Leader of Gwynedd council Dyfed Edwards has urged people to put themselves forward for the area in the by-election, on a date yet to be decided.
He said nobody would stand against Councillor Pearce, as he was a respected member of the community, and had represented them for many years.
Overall, 753 residents have put their name forward to be elected.
The Daily Post has produced an interactive map, showing all the wards in North Wales, and detailing who is standing for which ward.
Those standing unopposed include Denbighshire’s council leader Hugh Evans, an independent candidate, in his Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd/Gwyddelwern seat.
In total, four of the seats in Denbighshire will not have an election. A total of 140 candidates have put their names forward for the 47 seats.
Also in Denbighshire, Daily Post columnist and former AM Alun Pugh will be standing against 12 other candidates for three seats in Ruthin. That ward has the most candidates standing across North Wales.
Prestatyn East will see Jules Peters, the wife of The Alarm frontman Mike Peters, standing as an independent.
In Conwy, six of the 38 seats have already been decided.
In one of the hotly contested wards, 11 candidates have put themselves forward for Rhiw.
Llandrillo yn Rhos has Merfyn Thomas, a former Conservative councillor, standing as an Independent.
Wrexham has three of its 52 councillors elected already, and Flintshire has eight contests decided for its 70 seats.
Currently led by Liberal Democrat Ron Davies, Wrexham County Borough Council has no overall control.
Denbighshire County Council is the same with Independent Hugh Evans leader.
Flintshire County Council is also under no overall control, and currently it is led by Arnold Woolley.
Conwy County Borough Council has a Plaid Cymru-led coalition, with Dilwyn Roberts as leader, and Gwynedd County Council has a Plaid Cymru minority, under leader Dyfed Edwards.
Controversially, Anglesey will not have an election this time after commissioners were appointed by the Welsh Assembly Government following a re-inspection by the Auditor General last year. Elections are due to be held in 2013.