Each one has been given the opportunity to tell readers why they're running for office and why people should vote for them.
Here's what candidates standing in the Bede ward have to say:
1. John Michael Chilton (Green Party)
Born in the North East, I've been a resident of South Tyneside since 1996. I have always worked in the IT sector and I am currently employed by Barbour in South Shields.
I've always had a strong interest in the environment and climate change and with one in five voters across South Tyneside voting Green in the 2019 local elections, I believe that the Green Party can be a positive voice for you in the town hall. We can win and I believe that we should be pushing hard for Green jobs in South Tyneside whilst improving the environment for future generations.
2. Shaun William Sadler (Independent)
I was brought up on the Epinay Estate in Jarrow, my mother still lives in the house where I was born. Over the past 27 years, I have established several businesses in the borough, creating over 200 local jobs. I’m willing to work with anyone, irrespective of political party, for the benefit of the Bede ward. I’m proud of being from Jarrow and I want to deliver improvements, change and transparency and not merely sit in council chambers and bash the opposition. I will ensure our council is held accountable in a professional manner, by working with all councillors to ensure transparency in the best interests of the residents. I'm independent of pocket and mind and will donate all earnings if elected to willing causes in the Bede ward. I’m aware anti-social behaviour and housing issues are a top concern and I will work non-stop to ensure improvements are made.
Photo: Shaun William Sadler (Independent)
3. Margaret Mary Peacock (Labour Party)
My name is Margaret Peacock and I've been a councillor for the Bede ward since 2012. I've always been Labour, and I've always been in a union wherever I've worked. I was born and bred in the ward and have lived there on and off for over 40 years. I'm proud to have been involved in many improvements for the ward, including the retention of both community centres, and our library. If re-elected I pledge to work hard and to the best of my abilities for the residents of the Bede ward.
4. Bill Smith (Conservative Party)
(No picture provided) I’m Bill Smith and I’m delighted to be standing as the Conservative Party candidate for Bede, the ward in which I live. South Tyneside Council needs a strong and effective opposition that can provide scrutiny to Labour’s grip of our council. My priority will be ensuring our town centre is more business friendly and an attractive place to visit. I would start by working hard to increase the amount of free parking in our town centre as well as better public transport links. If elected, I would be a strong voice for the ward and work hard for the residents. As an opposition councillor, I would also work hard to make sure council services are efficiently provided, giving you value for money.
Photo: Bill Smith (Conservative Party)