Meet the people hoping to become your councillors

We asked the candidates standing in the South Kintyre and Kintyre and the Islands wards to introduce themselves and tell us why they want to represent you on Argyll and Bute Council.
We asked the candidates standing in the South Kintyre and Kintyre and the Islands wards to introduce themselves and tell us why they want to represent you on Argyll and Bute Council.

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With less than two weeks before the Scottish local government elections on May 5, we asked the candidates standing in the South Kintyre and Kintyre and the Islands wards to introduce themselves and tell us why they want to represent you on Argyll and Bute Council.

South Kintyre

John Armour (Scottish National Party)
John Armour.
John Armour.

Being born and lived all my life in Kintyre, I am very proud to have been your councillor for the area for the last seven-and-a-half years.

I have decided to stand again and, if re-elected, as I have done since day one, I will continue to work for everyone in South Kintyre.

I am married and have two grown-up daughters, I run my own sheep farm near Drumlemble and, with the help of family and friends, I am able to concentrate fully on my work as a councillor.

I am a presenter on our local radio station Argyll FM, and play a little golf and bowls when time allows.

Rory Colville (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
Rory Colville.
Rory Colville.

My family roots in Kintyre go back several centuries and, prior to becoming a councillor in 2003, my background was farming, mainly beef and sheep.

During that time, I involved myself in numerous rural organisations, both local and national.

In putting myself forward for re-election in South Kintyre, I believe education, care in the community, housing and transport connectivity to be priorities.

I also want to prioritise our natural assets, one of which is our harbour. If elected, I would work to ensure the council, as the Statutory Harbour Authority for Campbeltown Loch, continues to invest and promote its use to new and existing enterprises.

Donald Kelly (Independent)
Donald Kelly.
Donald Kelly.

Born and bred in Campbeltown and married with four children, I have lived all my life in South Kintyre, currently residing in Drumlemble.

I was first elected in 2001 and am the longest-serving councillor in South Kintyre at present, and I have always given 110 per cent commitment to the community.

The next five years will be pivotal for South Kintyre in terms of development and new business prospects and I would relish the opportunity to continue engaging with new investors whilst also progressing the many current projects I am involved in.

I would therefore be grateful if you would consider continuing to support me at this election.

Tommy MacPherson (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
Tommy MacPherson.
Tommy MacPherson.

I’m 51 years of age, a former Royal Marines Commando, private security contractor and now a quartermaster with CalMac.

I’m an ACHA tenant residing in Saddell, have been an East Kintyre Community Councillor since 2017 and an ACHA Mid Argyll Kintyre sub-committee tenant member since 2018.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.

If you want to continue having the same conversations, raising the same issues, exasperated with the same results, treated with the same contempt and disdain, then return the same trio at the polls and expect the same for the next five years.

I am standing for election to represent South Kintyre with a strong, new, clear voice.

There is only one vote and it is for change; time to progress.

Kintyre and the Islands

Robin Currie (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
Robin Currie.
Robin Currie.

My name is Robin Currie and I have been a councillor for Kintyre and the Islands for many years and I am now seeking re-election.

I live on Islay and I continuously engage and represent the communities throughout Kintyre and the Islands.

For this election, I am the candidate with most experience and my re-election will ensure that Kintyre and the Islands has a strong voice that is heard and respected by all.

I am totally committed to the area and always ensure that the communities’ priorities are my priorities.

Jane Kelly (Scottish Labour Party)
Jane Kelly.
Jane Kelly.

I am standing for election to give a stronger voice for the people of Kintyre and the Isles.

My background is in education as a teacher and a public servant in the employment services.

We need a council whose only interest is in improving the lives of constituents, including challenging the parliaments in both Holyrood and Westminster.

I support the Unison Scotland pledge to ensure that workers in local services are recognised for the important role they play in the community; that they are respected by their employers and rewarded fairly for their role in society.

Rebuilding after Covid is not going to be easy; that is why I believe a strong Scottish Labour voice at the council is vitally important in speaking for the workers of the area.

John McAlpine (Independent)
John McAlpine.
John McAlpine.

This election concerns local people and local issues and therefore party politics should play no part in your selection of candidate.

I served as an elected member from 2003-2017, as an independent voice.

I worked hard to ensure the interests of my constituents were listened to and addressed.

I had a proven track record of delivery.

At this election, there are three opposition candidates from Islay. Previously, island communities within ward two have benefited and grown as a result of island elected member representation.

In order that we redress the balance, it is essential for you to vote McAlpine as your number one candidate to ensure a strong voice for the mainland.

Dougie McFadzean (Scottish National Party)
Dougie McFadzean.
Dougie McFadzean.

I’m Dougie McFadzean and I’m standing for election in Kintyre and the Islands for the SNP.

I’m a retired police officer, am married with two grown-up children and live on beautiful Islay.

I believe in independence, community empowerment, supporting voluntary groups and nourishing community ideas.

I’ll fight for better social care at home, improved infrastructure, community-owned enterprises, affordable quality housing, supporting the voluntary sector and you.

Educating our young people needs investment. Parents, teachers and students must be listened to, not dictated to.

I’m a listener, innovator and problem solver and will work tirelessly to improve your lives in Argyll and Bute.

Alec McNeilly (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
Alec McNeilly.
Alec McNeilly.

I am delighted to be standing as the Conservative and Unionist candidate in Kintyre and the Islands.

I have lived in Dunoon for more than 40 years and consider myself an Argyllshire man through and through.

As a former council chief officer, I know at first-hand how vital good, strong and well-resourced council services are to our community.

Strong investment in our roads network, reliable ferries, our schools, nurseries and our care services.

I understand the real need to work co-operatively within the council and with our external partners, to achieve success.

Alastair Redman (Independent)
Alastair Redman.
Alastair Redman.

I am seeking re-election as your independent candidate for the Kintyre and the Islands ward.

It is my firm belief that party politics at a local level should not be important.

What is important is having a strong local councillor who will help constituents and work for our local area.

I have spent the past five years working for every corner of our ward. I will always put my local constituents first, above any political party or special interest group.

I hope that you will consider giving me your first preference vote and if you can’t do that then please consider giving me your second preference vote.

See next week’s paper for more from South Kintyre and Kintyre and the Islands’ election candidates.