Meet Your Councillor – Alex Fuhrmann
Name: Alex Fuhrmann
Ward you represent: “The MIGHTY WESTHAM EAST”
Any committee roles? Sit on Services, Planning, Chair of youth working group.
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
Once described by a teacher as “never going anywhere,” I’ve spent much of my adult life abroad, chasing opportunity and fostering a love of the wider world. Through my passion of basketball, I have had the privilege to live in and serve as the national coach of Sierra Leone and also had stints studying and working in the United States where I met my beautiful, Canadian wife.
Having settled back in Weymouth long term to grow our family, I worked in film production and the music industry, finally becoming a primary school teacher in Westham and proud supporter of local basketball. I spent many years developing Weymouth Basketball Club and more recently spearheaded the formation of the Dorset Basketball Association (serving as chair), providing local level competition for senior and junior age groups.
What motivated you to become a councillor?
I always wanted to run for local office and represent my community in a positive way. After years of watching (predominantly) retired men make decisions about our town, I felt an urge to change the way in which the role of cllr could be fulfilled, though the irony of one day become said retired man is not lost on me.
What do you enjoy most about the role?
In my role I make efforts to fully engage with my community using positive initiatives. I also strive to develop a team ethos across all parties and personalities in the chamber, much for the betterment of all residents. Most of all, I just love meeting and chatting with (and helping where I can) Weymouth residents.
What’s the most frequent issue you deal with in your ward?
Dogs, young people, ASB – but then I have the Marsh in my ward, so it’s par for the course… and I love it.
Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about becoming a councillor?
Nothing is plain sailing when you are engulfed by the vocation of serving your community, but I do my best whilst also having a young family and a full professional work life. If you want the rainbow, you’ve gotta put up with the rain.
How can people contact you if they have an issue to raise?
Email and social media: Facebook / Instagram / TikTok, all @cllrfuhrmann
Contact me by visiting Weymouth Town Council’s website for more details.