Allan McKie Independent, ward five
I am very humbled by the number of people who have asked and encouraged me to stand for council again.
We are at a time in Oban and Lorn where engagement, good experience and good decision-making is going to be essential, and I believe I have those qualities.
Social and home care is in crisis with our excellent carers at breaking point we must question if privatisation is the answer and good value.
More new and affordable housing is vital for our local economy, both for bringing down our rising housing waiting list and creating local jobs, and I will play my part in making this happen.
The recent report on our education department does not make enjoyable reading and demonstrates the lack of accountability and diligence at the very top.
This must be addressed and we must monitor more stringently how the largest budget in the council is being spent.
I will continue to support inward investment into the area but we have to get the balance right to protect our long-standing local businesses which have been the lifeblood of our communities for years.
If you vote for me I will listen, engage, communicate and, most importantly, I will act.