The Northampton Chronicle reports that on Saturday the Conservatives in Northamptonshire will choose their candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in the elections in May. Adam Simmonds, the sitting Conservative PCC – and regular contributor to this site – is standing down.

There will be two candidates seeking the Conservative nomination to choose from.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, of Northamptonshire County Council, and Cllr Stephen Mold, a councillor on South Northamptonshire District Council and the candidate for Derby North in the 2010 General Election.

Michael Clarke, the Area chairman for the Northamptonshire Conservatives, says he believes the two strongest candidates are being put forward:

“That’s what the whole selection process is about. It is about putting the candidates through their paces and throwing them some curve balls. They are both councillors already and they are both battle proven.”

There was a controversy involving Cllr Gonzalez De Savage a couple of years ago when he named a park after his son. That does sound like a misjudgement – although his long standing support for joint working between the fire brigade and the police is absolutely right. As the Cabinet Member for Strategic Infrastructure, Public Protection & Economic Growth on the county council he has championed superfast broadband.

Cllr Mold has written a very sensible piece for this site about the economic lessons form Canada. He is the European Sales & Marketing Director for a US software company and a trustee of Grandparents Plus, a charity which champions the role of grandparents in children’s lives.

Whoever is chosen as the candidate certainly can’t take victory for granted. This is a PCC marginal. The Conservative victory last time was in the context of Labour ditching their candidate when it emerged that he had been arrested.