The Scottish National Party have this week announced their candidates for Stirling North and Stirling West.
This year, voters will return to polling stations to elect a new Administration to run Stirling Council’s local services. Currently, the local authority is run by a Tory/Labour coalition.
The SNP will be fielding 14 candidates and will be the only political party in a position to win a possible majority on Stirling Council.
Candidates for Stirling North (formerly Castle Ward) are local Health Visitor Susan McGill and sitting Councillor Jim Thomson.
Commenting, Susan McGill said:
“It is an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to stand for election to represent the many communities of Stirling North. I grew up and live, with my children, in Cambusbarron, where I have been actively involved with many local groups – including leading the Save Gillies Hill campaign.
“After leaving Stirling High School, I qualified as registered Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor – working in the NHS for 38 years, currently as a Health Visitor. I believe in fighting for a socially just society and want to revitalise Stirling City. I am committed to being a strong advocate for local issues and will ensure that your voice is always heard on Stirling Council.”
Councillor Jim Thomson added:
“I am delighted to have been selected as an SNP candidate, standing for re-election to the Stirling North Ward. I was born and brought up in Stirling and have taken great pride in being your representative for the area since first being elected in 2007. We live in hard times and the taxes you pay need to be spent wisely.
“If you vote for me, you have my guarantee that I will continue to work hard to protect our environment, create jobs and look after vulnerable people. We aim to put communities at the heart of everything we do, not just the lip service you get from the current Tory/Labour run Council. I am delighted that Susan is also seeking election; as a team, we will work hard to make Stirling a great place to live and work.”
Candidates for Stirling West will are sitting Councillor and SNP Council Group Leader, Scott Farmer and disabilities campaigner and Community Councillor Morag Fulton:
Commenting, Councillor Scott Farmer said:
“Living in Stirling for over 30 years, I am married with a son. I was first elected to Stirling Council in 2006 and have a strong commitment to serving our communities. I am the current SNP Leader on Stirling Council as well as the Convenor of the Audit Committee and Member of the Health and Social Care Board.
“If re-elected I will continue to stand up for your interests. Whatever your concerns I will always ensure that I am available to address them. Formerly a Homeless Persons Manager in Edinburgh, I also worked in economic development and was an advisor with Stirling Citizens Advice Bureau specialising in Housing and Employment Law. I hope that you will lend your support to me so that I can continue to stand up for our local people and communities on Stirling Council.”
Morag Fulton added:
“I am standing for election to Council for Stirling West to help make our area the best, most inclusive it can be. Growing up in the area and raising my own children here, I feel passionately that all those who live here should have representation on our council.
“As a disabled woman I understand the importance of making the voices of the most vulnerable people heard. I also have experience as a qualified Nursery Nurse, as well as having worked in electronics and the licensed trade in the past. More recently I have been involved in community and disabled groups as well as a Community Councillor in Borestone.
“This election is about the future of our local services and is the chance to protect them from the harsh cuts we have seen over the past five years. If elected I will work hard to be a voice for those who may feel they have not been heard before and I will always speak up for your interests.”