Souters must choose three from nine ward candidates

Dr Barbra Harvie and David Black.
Dr Barbra Harvie and David Black.

The nominations for the upcoming local government elections on May 4 have been announced.

Scottish Borders Council has named a total of 75 candidates standing across the 11 wards in the region this week.

Trevor Adams and Kenneth Gunn.

Trevor Adams and Kenneth Gunn.

And within that list are nine candidates for the Selkirkshire ward.

Two current Selkirkshire councillors are hoping for re-election and are joined by seven other candidates, while councillor Vicky Davidson will not stand this time around.

Dr Barbra Harvie, 64, lives in Selkirk and is standing on behalf of the Scottish Green Party.

She said: “I am passionate about grass roots politics, local jobs, renewables, social injustice, land reform and the day-to-day decision-making that affect everyone’s life.”

Gordon Edgar.

Gordon Edgar.

Barbra has been politically active since her teens and before moving to the Borders she campaigned with West Lothian Greens and Central Fife Greens. She is currently a lecturer in ecology and environmental science at Scotland’s Rural College and the University of Edinburgh.

Kenneth Gunn, 74, lives in Selkirk and is standing as an independent candidate.

He said: “For me, priority number one is to get Selkirk and Selkirkshire back on the map. Political parties, in my opinion, have done little good for the area over the past few years. I am standing as an independent to try to redress that.”

Kenneth previously worked with Tweeddale Press as a compositor then journalist before moving on to work in the insurance and finance sector. He previously served as a councillor at Scottish Borders Council from 2007 for one term.

He is also a volunteer with Scottish HART charity.

David Black, 58, is from Newtown St Boswells is also standing as an independent candidate.

Mr Black said: “As your local independent councillor I will work tirelessly to promote local issues and stand up for what matters.”

He says his priorities are road repairs, public transport, protecting public services, business growth, clean street and better play areas for children.

Mr Black is a self-employed sports and massage therapist.

Representating the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party is Trevor Adams, 58.

Mr Adams said: “It is a big ward the Selkirkshire area and there are a lot of concerns in the rural area. I want to represent the countryside and make sure their voice is heard. Most of my career has been spent in this countryside and I am determined to pay back to the residents of the Selkirkshire ward.

He has lived in the Borders for the last 30 years, spending 25 of those as huntsman for the Duke of Buccleuch fox hounds and is currently self-employed, working with fallen stock.

Selkirkshire councillor Gordon Edgar, who is also the council’s executive member for roads and infrastructure, is standing for re-election.

Mr Edgar, 69, said: “I am confident that with my knowledge and past experience I will be best able to influence the decisions that have to be made to ensure that services are delivered consistently, efficiently and equally to the satisfaction of all in the Borders community.

“Although not aligned to a political party or group I do realise that if elected I will need to work with any councillor or group of councillors whom I feel are working for the benefit of Selkirkshire and the Borders community.”

The other four candidates for the Selkirkshire ward are Michelle Ballantyne (Scottish Conservative and Unioninst party); Nancy Norman (Scottish Liberal Democrats; Elaine Thornton-Nicol (Scottish National Party) and Scott Redpath (Scottish Labour Party).

The Wee Paper tried to contact these candidates and will give them the opportunity to feature further in next week’s paper.

The elections take place on Thursday, May 4 and Borderers have until the Monday, April 17 deadline to ensure they are registered to vote.