Julie McKen­zie SNP, ward five

The Oban Times - - News -

When I was elected last year, I promised to lis­ten and be a strong voice for our com­mu­nity. My pri­or­ity has been to de­liver those prom­ises.

This ward has been home to my fam­ily for gen­er­a­tions. I’m pas­sion­ate about this area and the peo­ple who live here. My up­bring­ing on the Isle of Seil gave me the strong be­lief in com­mu­nity em­pow­er­ment that I hold at the heart of all that I do.

I live in Oban with my two young sons. Young peo­ple are the fu­ture of Ar­gyll and Bute, but for too long they have been forced to leave to ac­cess ed­u­ca­tion, work and af­ford­able hous­ing. This must change.

Or­di­nary peo­ple like you and I can make a dif­fer­ence. My short record as your coun­cil­lor hope­fully speaks for it­self: Cham­pi­oning com­mu­nity em­pow­er­ment. Fight­ing to save vol­un­tary sec­tor Ar­gyll Train­ing. Speak­ing up on be­half of our trav­el­ling com­mu­nity. Call­ing out plan­ning mis­takes, a flawed sys­tem and sleep­ing coun­cil­lors.

Chair­ing the Oban Skate Park Ini­tia­tive. I need time to de­liver more. If you re- elect me, I will build on what I’ve started, work­ing with my SNP col­leagues to bring de­ci­sion-mak­ing back into the hands of the com­mu­nity.

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