Apr 6 2012 by Craig Robertson, Dumfries Standard Friday
HERE are the candidates standing in the elections to Dumfries and Galloway Council on May 3, 2012.
Ward 1: Stranraer and North Rhins (3 councillors to be elected)
Iain Dick – SNP – It has been a privilege to serve the people of Stranraer and North Rhins ward over the past five years and I hope to have the chance to continue that work.
John Dougan – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – I have been a councillor for the last five years and have worked hard to represent the needs of my communities and in putting myself forward for re-election, I pledge to continue that role.
Marion McCutcheon – Scottish Labour – Marion, who has worked with Neighbourhood Watch and set up the newly opened community hub in the Belmont area of Stranraer, has lived in the town all her life and has been a carer before starting her own business four years ago and understands the difficulties facing small businesses.
Willie Scobie – no designation – I will be standing with no political designation but will continue to retain my socialist values and principals – representing you to the council and not the council to you.
Ward 2: Wigtown West (3 councillors to be elected)
Grahame Forster – no designation – I am Wigtownshire born and bred and have lived and worked in the area all my life and only want what is best.
Jim McClung – SNP – I want to continue the work carried out by Councillor Higgins, to represent the people of Wigtown West ward to the best of my ability and ensure that the residents of the ward have a strong voice within the council.
John McCutcheon – Scottish Labour Party – Born in Stranraer, John has spent the last 21 years working for British Rail and now First Scotrail as a conductor. He has been a Union representative for 21 years.
Roberta Tuckfield – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – I am an organised and hard working person and have been proud to represent one of the largest wards in the region. If re-elected I will continue to do so to the best of my ability.
Ward 3: Mid Galloway (3 councillors to be elected)
Alistair Geddes – SNP – Alistair has been a hardworking and effective ward Councillor since 1999.
Jim McColm – Independent – Jim taught at the Douglas Ewart High School for over 30 years and has been involved in local affairs for many years and is currently the Convener of Wigtown and District Community Council.
Heather Meldrum – Scottish Labour Party – Heather lives in Monreith and has spent most of her life working for the NHS as a nurse and over the last 20 years working in communities with voluntary and 'not for profit' organisations.
Graham Nicol – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – I am happy to stand for re-election on my record of achievement as a councillor since 2007 and as a local businessman I am keen to continue that work and seek to bring the benefits to my local area.
Doug Snell – SNP – Having served the communities of North West Dumfries ward since 2007, Doug has handed over the reins there to Andy Ferguson, a locally-based candidate, and taken up the challenge of getting elected to serve as one of two SNP councillors in his own home ward of Mid Galloway.
Sheila Stewart – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – Having lived and worked in the area for over twenty years I believe I have a good understanding of the issues and traditions which affect people in Mid Galloway and if elected I would endeavour to listen and respond to the concerns and needs of the residents in this ward.
Ward 4: Dee (3 councillors to be elected)
Franca Bruno – Independent – A businesswoman for the last 20 years, community councillor for the last 10 – five of those as Provost of Gatehouse of Fleet, I believe in getting things done.
Marsali Caig – Scottish Labour – Marsali comes from and lives in Kirkcudbright with her partner and has worked in a range of jobs in the UK for the Department of Health and the NHS over the past 15 years.
Patsy Gilroy – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – Born and brought up in the Stewartry, it has been a great honour to have represented Dee Ward for the past five years and I have always worked hard on behalf of local residents and, if re-elected, I will continue to do so.
Tommy Jacques – SNP – Tommy is particularly interested in education, intervention in early years, family support and economic regeneration and his intervention in opposing the closure of Luce Bay to scallop fishing by Marine Scotland has been one particular success.
Jane Maitland – Independent – If re-elected as your local independent councillor, I shall continue to put you, not a party, first. My job is to ensure that the council treats you fairly and to build political consensus to benefit our area.
James Smyth – Scottish Green Party – James, a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, at just 18, has been nominated for the title of Up and Coming Scottish Politician, has campaigned for free public transport for young people across the region and has been on the cross-party group for Alcohol and Drug Misuse.
John Womersley – Scottish Liberal Democrats – John is representing the Liberal Democrats and lives in Kirkcudbright.
Colin Wyper – Independent – Colin Wyper is from Kirkcudbright and, if elected, will be a thorn in the council’s side, unrelenting until they start to see sense.
Ward 5: Castle Douglas and Glenkens (3 councillors to be elected)
Finlay Carson – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – Married with two children, local businessman Finlay Carson understands the real issues facing rural communities and believes in a common sense approach to local government and that our council should support and assist local business and communities.
Brian Collins – SNP – Brian Collins has represented the Castle Douglas and Glenkens ward as a councillor since 2007 and is the chairman of the South West of Scotland Transport Partnership.
Andrew Metcalf – Scottish Liberal Democrats – Andrew is a local builder for Hawkrigg Construction and lives in Dalry.
George N Prentice – Independent – Having lived in the Castle Douglas and Glenkens area for most of my adult life I feel I am in touch with local issues and would welcome the opportunity to represent you again.
Daniel Scheffer – Scottish Labour Party – Daniel Scheffer is originally from London and now lives in Kirkcudbright with his partner. He has worked in a number of roles for the Department of Health and NHS over the past 18 years.
Paul Taylorson – Scottish Green Party – I am putting myself forward to help in creating a better greener region and with hard work on the ground with our communities we can build a strong local economy.
Gary Wardell – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – I live in Corsock with my partner and run a business in Dumfries. I believe that you need people with business values and local knowledge on the council and I would welcome the opportunity to represent this ward.
Ward 6: Abbey (4 councillors to be elected)
Ian Blake – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – I feel privileged to have represented the Abbey Ward since 2007 and have always done my best to put the interests of the ward first and if re-elected I will continue to do so.
Rob Davidson – SNP – Leader of the SNP Council Group for the past four years, Rob is particularly interested in economic regeneration and campaigned successfully for a new health centre for Dalbeattie.
Tom McAughtrie – Scottish Labour Party – Tom has lived in Dumfries for most of his life with his family, and has been a councillor for almost 30 years, during which time he has worked very closely with the local community.
Charles Milroy – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – I live in the Rotchell area of Dumfries and want to become a councillor to ensure that you get value for money on your council tax payments and if elected, I will always put the interests of Abbey Ward's residents first.
Davie Stitt – Scottish Labour Party – Davie was born in Dalbeattie, where is now a postman, and has been a councillor for the area since 2007.
Bill Wright – UK Independence Party – Bill Wright became involved in politics following concerns he had during his career in the oil industry over EU interference.
Ward 7: North West Dumfries (4 councillors to be elected)
Graham Bell – Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party – As a farmer and businessman I am delighted to have represented North West Dumfries Ward for the last five years and have achieved many things in the ward and if elected again I want to build on those successes.
Andy Ferguson – SNP – A new candidate who works in the council, Andy is particularly keen to hear your views about the problems facing you, your street and your community.
David McKie – Scottish Labour Party – David has been a councillor since 1995, during which time he has enjoyed helping local people with their problems. He enjoys visiting Palmerston to cheer on Queens.
Ronnie Nicholson – Scottish Labour Party – Ronnie was brought up in the north west area of Dumfries and his family grew up in Lochside, where he has spent years involved in the community, from running after-school clubs to being part of the initial community wardens scheme. Ronnie has been leader of the Labour Group since 2007.
Paula Stevenson – Scottish Labour Party – Paula is standing for election for the first time. She works in retail in Dumfries, and as a working parent she understands the difficulties facing local families.
Ward 8: Mid and Upper Nithsdale (4 councillors to be elected)
Jim Dempster – Scottish Labour Party – Jim is married with three children and has lived in Sanquhar all his adult life. He ran a business in the high street for 25 years and served with Sanquhar Fire Service for 20 years.
Gill Dykes – Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party – I hope that over the past five years I have proved that I understand the real issues and traditions that affect our rural communities. There is still much to be done and if re-elected, I will continue to represent the residents to the best of my ability.
Elly Hurren – Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party – Standing for Mid and Upper Nithsdale Ward, I am a partner in a family business and live with my husband and young family of three boys in Moffat.
John Syme – Scottish Labour Party – John is married with three children and has lived in Kirkconnel all his life. He has worked in the open cast mining industry for many years and is a committed community activist.
Douglas Watters – UKIP – Douglas Watters is financial director of a local company and has both lived and worked in Mid and Upper Nithsdale for nearly 30 years.
Andrew Wood – SNP – After five years as a councillor, my interests and concerns continue to be very much rural development, businesses, health care, housing, transport, roads, tourism and sustainable employment.
Ward 9: Lochar (4 councillors to be elected)
John Charteris – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – John Charteris is one of the current Tory councillors for Lochar. He likes to be known as the councillor who gets things done.
Yen Hongmei Jin – SNP – Yen aims to be the voice of all the people in her ward by making sure that their voices are heard at the highest level within the framework of sound economic and social policies.
Ivor Hyslop – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – Ivor Hyslop is a family man, married with three kids. He has been a Lochar councillor for five years and is seeking re-election to continue representing the people of Lochar as it has been an honour to serve them.
Jeff Leaver – Scottish Labour Party – Jeff, the father of three grown up children, lives in Dumfries and has worked as a research scientist in universities, the pharmaceutical industry and research institutes for more than 25 years.
Ted Thompson – Scottish Labour Party – Ted spent 13 years in the Merchant Navy and then worked in a pharmaceutical factory before working at Dumfries and Galloway College, where he was also active as the UNISON representative.
Ward 10: Nith (4 councillors to be elected)
Andrew Crosbie – Independent – Reverend Andrew Crosbie lives in Dumfries and saved Greyfriars Church by purchasing it in 2008. He is a member of Loreburn Community Council where he is campaigning for Dumfries’ common good.
Jack Groom – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – I am Dumfries born and bred and became a councillor to help the town and its people. I am well known for being approachable and always willing to help.
John Martin – Scottish Labour Party – John was born in Dumfries and lived in Georgetown with his family for almost 30 years. He has always been very active in the local community and helped re-establish Georgetown Community Council.
Nello Paoletti – Independent – Nello Paoletti, of Annan Road in Dumfries, is standing as an Independent.
David Slater – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – I am a hard working, dedicated, forward thinking individual who gets things done. I would like the opportunity to do this for the people of the Nith Ward in Dumfries.
Colin Smyth – Scottish Labour Party – Colin was born and brought up in Dumfries and has lived in the town all his life. He believes strongly that the council needs to do more to regenerate the town centre. Colin has been a Nith ward councillor since 2007 and was previously a teacher and chair of Georgetown Community Centre.
Lee Vann-Wakelin – No designation – I’m not a fan of the current council and what they have done in Dumfries. I’m standing in the hope I can eliminate one of the councillors that has been in office. I am anti-corruption and want to be transparent.
Alastair Witts – SNP – Deputy Leader of the SNP Council Group since 2007, Alastair wishes to continue to do all he can as Nith Ward councillor to facilitate Dumfries town centre regeneration.
Ward 11: Annandale South (4 councillors to be elected)
Richard Brodie – Scottish Liberal Democrats – Richard , founder of the Devil's Porridge, was a teacher for over 30 years at Annan Academy before being elected to Dumfries and Galloway Council in 2007.
Ian Carruthers – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – Ian is married to Karen and has two children, runs his own construction business and enjoy keep fit. He has a sound business-like and common sense approach to problems, history of getting things done.
Sean Marshall – Scottish Labour Party – Sean grew up in Eastriggs, where he lives with his wife and children, and is the Site Communications Manager at Chapelcross. He is the Chairman of the Annan Regeneration Steering Group, responsible for delivering multi million pound projects in the community.
Ronnie Ogilvie – Scottish Labour Party – Ronnie worked at Chapelcross for 30 years and lives in Annan with his family where he is chair of the Common Good Fund. His calls for a single body over looking Annan led to the formation of the Annan Regeneration Steering Group.
Brian Pope – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – Brian works as a civil engineer and believes that the key to the area’s economic success is stronger cross-border partnerships with Cumbria and Northumberland, leading to improved infrastructure and closer community and business relationships.
Marion FB Stewart – Independent – Marion lives in Annan and is soon to retire as the regional branch secretary of UNISON. She believes she can make a contribution through her experience of working on the council and representing staff in the public and private sectors.
Andrew Wilson – SNP – Setting the tone for the music town of Annan.
Ward 12: Annandale North (4 councillors to be elected)
Alis Ballance – Scottish Green Party – Alis founded Moffat CAN in 2009, creating environmental services and jobs and is founder and chairman of Keep Watch – an organisation that is working to protect community hospitals and local health services.
Ted Brown – Scottish Labour Party – An Annandale North councillor since 2007, he was formally community council chair, a founder member of the local initiative and has been involved with the community for over 15 years.
Peter Diggle – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – Peter is Dumfries-born, married with two sons and farms near Lochmaben. If elected he will ensure that local people have a strong voice within the Council and that the necessary resources our children deserve and require in a modern competitive world will be made available.
Roger Grant – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – Roger is experienced and hard working. He is keen to promote innovative and efficient solutions with communities at local and regional level.
Gail MacGregor – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – Gail is a former learning support assistant and has been a Councillor for Annandale North for the past five years. She believes local people need honest, hardworking representatives. She knows this area well and cares passionately about its people and its future.
Stephen Thompson – SNP – I'll be fighting to secure the future of the community hospitals and improve the range of health services they offer locally, as well as addressing the need for well-maintained roads that are fit to serve sustainable industries providing essential long-term employment in Annandale North.
Hugh Young – Scottish Liberal Democrats – A school technician at Lockerbie Academy, he served as a councillor on Annandale and Eskdale Council and was founding chairman of the local leisure trust.
Ward 13: Annandale East and Eskdale (4 councillors to be elected)
Karen Carruthers – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – Karen is married to Ian and has two children. She works in the NHS, enjoys keeping fit in her spare time and has strong views on promoting our rural issues as well as caring in cases of need.
Jock Dinwoodie – Scottish Liberal Democrats – Jock has a leading role in the Children's Panel Advisory Committee and served for 12 years as Councillor on the District and Regional Council.
Archie Dryburgh – Scottish Labour Party – Archie works at Chapelcross as a Trainer and he is the Armed Forces Champion for Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Unite the Union Area Activist Chairperson for the region. He is also Annan Athletics First Aid Officer and regularly trains first aid to charity and voluntary groups.
Sidney John Elder – Independent – Sidney John Elder is from Empire Way in Gretna and is standing as an Independent candidate.
Allan Graham – Independent – Allan, ex Royal Air Force, and life member GMB Union, has been chairman of the Conservative branch and chairman of Gretna Community Council. He was elected in 2007 and since has instigated several operational projects, all used for advancing the region.
Denis Male – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – Denis is from Langholm and has been devoted to fighting for you in the Langholm area over many years.
Craig Peacock – Independent – I’m standing as an independent with 26 years of community work behind me, representing people not party politics.
Brian Richardson – SNP – Brian has worked for the last twenty years in senior posts in the fields of economic regeneration and fuel poverty and wants to use his experience to help determine the best policies for his home area of Annandale East and Eskdale.
Stuart Thompson – Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party – Stuart is a local man who has worked at the heart of the community for over 30 years and if elected, he will listen to people’s issues and concerns, be pro-active, evaluate and take action.