Published: 15/06/2017 15:29 - Updated: 15/06/2017 16:52

SNP candidate for Elgin North

Patsy Gowans
Patsy Gowans

THE SNP candidate for the Elgin North by-election has launched her campaign to become the area’s councillor.

Patsy Gowans became one of three ward members in 2007 but did not get in during the local government elections in May.

The by-election has been called after Independent candidate Sandy Cooper resigned a few days after being voted in.

It is expected to cost Moray Council around £25,000 to hold the ballot.

As a councillor, Mrs Gowans campaigned on issues including local bus services, accessible paths and improving conditions for low paid workers especially those in the care sector.

She also helped residents in the ward with concerns on housing, social care needs and parking problems.

Mrs Gowans said: "I have been greatly encouraged by messages of support from people urging me to stand again.

"Like me, people will be pretty fed up with elections by now, given this will be the third one in as many months, but I would urge people to use their vote on 13 July to elect me as their councillor for Elgin City North.

"Over the years I have been involved in many community activities and as a councillor for five years I have become involved in many more.

"I have championed issues from getting a disability friendly path to help people access the town, to fighting for local bus services.

"On a one-to-one basis with constituents I have helped people with housing issues, healthcare concerns, schools issues and improving local facilities.

"I have the experience to make a difference for areas like Bishopmill, Lesmurdie, Pansport, Ashgrove, Pinefield and Barlink and I have a track record of working hard to tackle challenges facing the community as well as challenges facing individuals."

Brought up in Dundee, Mrs Gowans has lived in Elgin with her husband Dave for 20 years, and they have two grown up children..

She worked in the public, private and third sectors most recently as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities.

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