PRWeek has identified 11 comms professionals who are standing as candidates.
Several of them tried, and failed, in the 2017 general election.
Max Wilkinson was an account manager at Camargue when he was selected as the Lib Dem candidate for Stroud. He finished third with 2,053 votes.
Rebecca Lury was senior policy and public affairs manager at Vocalink, a Mastercard company, when she stood for Labour in the Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner constituency. She was beaten by Conservative candidate Nick Hurd, who got 30,555 votes to her 16,575.
Councillor Mark McGeever, from South Lanarkshire Council, fought the East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow seat for the Scottish Conservatives but came third with 13,704 votes.
And in the Peterborough by-election earlier this year public affairs consultant Paul Bristow, the Conservative candidate, finished third with 7,243 votes.
Of the 38 candidates that PRWeek profiled during the last two general elections, just one has succeeded in their quest to become an MP.
He beat Conservative candidate Oliver Colvile, who had narrowly defeated him in the 2015 general election, by 27,283 votes to 20,476.
Here are some of those looking to follow in Pollard’s footsteps in just a few weeks’ time:
Rebecca Lury - Labour candidate for St Albans
A partner at Pagefield, some of Lury’s previous roles have included senior account manager, FleishmanHillard; account director, Westbourne Communications; and director, GK Strategy.
Mario Creatura - Conservative candidate for Croydon Central
A former special adviser to Prime Minister Theresa May, specialising in digital communication, Creatura became head of digital comms at Virgin Money last month.
Sue Wixley - Lib Dem candidate for Putney
Currently director of marketing and comms at Future Care Capital, a health and social care think tank, Wixley has also held senior comms roles at Hospice UK and New Philanthropy Capital.
Fay Jones - Conservative candidate for Brecon & Radnorshire
Jones has been head of Grayling Wales since 2017 and prior to that was external affairs manager at the National Farmers’ Union.
Lewis North - Lib Dem candidate for Meon Valley, Hampshire
Has worked as a government relations adviser at the Environment Agency since June this year. Prior to that, North was a researcher and political advisor for MEP Catherine Bearder.
Tina McKay - Labour candidate for Colchester
McKay was communications officer at veterans’ charity the Forces in Mind Trust until earlier this year. She previously worked in the comms team at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Guy Kiddey - Lib Dem candidate for High Peak, Derbyshire
Kiddey was comms director at Philips, where he was responsible for all internal and external channels as well as public affairs, until earlier this year, when he left to focus on his parliamentary ambitions.
Paul Bristow - Conservative candidate for Peterborough
A former chair of the Public Affairs Board, Bristow is managing director of PB Political Consulting, which he set up in 2010.
Max Wilkinson - Lib Dem candidate for Cheltenham
Works as a senior account manager at comms agency Camargue, which Wilkinson joined in 2014 after a two-year stint as communications officer at Cheltenham Ladies' College.
Mark McGeever - Lib Dem candidate for Rutherglen & Hamilton West
Defected from the Conservatives to the Lib Dems earlier this year, describing Boris Johnson as being "totally unsuitable for high office". Prior to that he was comms manager for the Conservative group on South Lanarkshire Council. Previous roles have included media officer at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and comms officer for Renfrewshire Council.
Rhys Taylor – Lib Dem candidate for Cardiff North
Taylor is a senior policy, stakeholder management and public affairs officer for the national homelessness charity, Crisis.
Taylor, who has never stood as a prospective MP before, is a sitting Lib Dem councillor on Cardiff Council.
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