I was born in Dumfries and Galloway, educated, work and live in Newton Stewart in the heart of the region. I understand the issues that concern you because they concern me too.
Now I have been elected, I can make a real difference by representing the views and addressing the needs of all constituents across the region and the political divide.
What the constituency has needed for a long time is someone to champion causes such as youth employment, integrated transport, tourism, and infrastructure and rekindle interest in the area from prospective employers, especially in the industrial and IT sectors. I am confident I am that person.
I will pursue every opportunity to improve the future for the people of Galloway and West Dumfries by supporting policies that bring benefits to the area, and oppose decisions that discriminate against us.
I am passionate about ensuring we are not disadvantaged by living in a rural area.