With November elections not really conducive to campaigning, I suspect many residents will go to the polling stations unaware who their candidates are.
To assist those going to the polls, this week saw the closure of nominations and the runners and riders or the new Essex Police and Crime Commissioner are as follows:
Nick Alston - Conservative
Linda Belgrove - Independent
Val Morris-Cook - Labour
Andrew Smith - UKIP
Mick Thwaites - Independent
Robin Tilbrook - English Democrats