She has consistently topped the polls in Medway for years, but this year threatens to be the annus horribilis for Jane Chitty.
The lady has survived numerous attacks over the years - being a politician seems to attract abuse and sarcasm. Mrs Chitty, however, has always managed to soar above it. With 28 years on the council (or its predecessor where she was mayor) she has had plenty of experience of the highs and lows.
The year 2011 is already the pits for her. It may be the one where she does not survive,. Certainly if she was a cat she has lost several of her nine lives this week alone.
The portfolio holder for strategic planning, overseas links and a multitude of other responsibilities survived one clever attack on her when a Labour councillor pointed out that she was not living at the home she cited in her 2007 election nomination.
It was investigated by the Standards Committee for Medway who decided there was no case to answer because at the time of the 2007 election she was living 100 metres down the road while a new house was being built. The reason she insisted on using a mobile phone upto the present was because of unpleasant calls to her home at all hours of the day and night. (Even today her address and home phone number are not published on the council's website: her address is given as care of Gun Wharf.)
Then she lost the support of her ward members in what looked suspiciously like a well-planned attack.
Fortunately for her, one of those who won the right to fight for the seat in Strood North - sitting councillor and fellow Cabinet member Les Wicks - moved to Gillingham, resigned from Strood North and has been selected instead to fill a Rainham vacancy. Gillingham's Conservative association is keeping quiet about his selection but it will probably be in Rainham South to succeed the sick Roy Hunter.
Whatever, Cllr Chitty came back from the dead and fought a campaign behind closed doors that got her selection through by two votes.
Mrs Chitty can be intimidating when the mood is on her. She can also be full of fun, flirtatious, boisterous and can converse Navvy-Speak.
This week the Standards Committee met three times to discuss another set of allegations against Mrs Chitty. Bear in mind, investigations by the committee often seem to replicate a treadmill which has rusted to its pivot.
It is alleged the Conservative councillor was bullying and hectoring in the public reception area at Gun Wharf. The alleged victim? -Labour's political officer of the day. It happened in 2009 but there seems to have been a shortage of oil to speed the wheel of investigation. At their third gathering of the week, the committee announced there is a case to answer as far as it is concerned: Mrs Chitty faces a public appearance on that issue.
But it is on her adventures to China that her political standing now really stands - or falls.
It is alleged (and I do not know whether it is true) that Mrs Chitty had behaved in a somewhat undiplomatic way when escorting a large party of school officials, heads, teacher and senior pupils to China. The allegation was not proceeded with, but Mrs C has since returned to China where she is said to have became overly boisterous once more. The Standards Committee is now proceeding to inquire into allegations that suggest spilled chocolate or wine (depending who tells the tale) led to inappropriate suggestions about how it could be removed.
Mrs Chitty has bounced back a number of times in recent years, but it only takes one finding against a councillor for them to be damned.
A great deal of diplomatic language can be used by lawyers when investigations fail to make the story stand up. Considerable political language will be needed from Mrs Chitty if it goes the other way.
There is one way out for any politician facing the Standards Committee. That is not to resign or (as now) not to be elected. If you are not in office, the Standards Committee cannot do anything about it. Anyone who doubts it should ask the parish councillors of Tonbridge and Malling. Several erstwhile colleagues have resigned in the past few years rather than accept a drubbing from that borough's committee..