A crowdfunding campaign for a Women’s Equality Party candidate has had great success since its launch in late February.
Megan Senior, who is running for candidacy in the ward of Ecclesall where the councillors are three men, said the outpouring of support is a sign that times are changing.
“We are reasonably different to some of the other parties, where people are struggling to have their voices heard by people who are quite entrenched in what they believe and have been there for a long time,” she said.
“When we are going to people’s doorsteps they’re saying politicians have got complacent, they think they deserve our vote but they’re not doing anything for it,” she added.
Since the crowdfunding campaign launched on 27 February, donations more than doubled the original target of £300 within only a few days.
“We’ve been really overwhelmed by people’s outpouring of support and it feels like we can make great strides because the time is now.
“People are annoyed and they want a change and the main message really is, problems aren’t going to be solved by the people who created them,” Ms Senior said.
This is the third time a candidate from WEP has run in the Sheffield elections, with candidates previously running in Walkley and Southey.
For Ms Senior, this year feels different: “Focusing on this year’s campaign I really feel that we can win in Ecclesall and that’s something that’s quite powerful.”
WEP Sheffield will hold their Big Leaflet Bash on 16 March when they will attempt to leaflet every house in the ward.
There will also be a newcomers meeting on 11 March to welcome new members.