Frank and Claire in running for council seat
Two parties have unveiled their candidates for the Almond and Earn by-election
Voters will go to the polls on March 25 after the sad loss of Cllr Henry Anderson.
Methven resident and former Craigie Hill golf professional Frank Smith has been selected as the Scottish Conservative candidate.
Commenting on his selection, Mr Smith said he was delighted to be nominated but wished “it could have been in better circumstances”.
A keen walker and cyclist, he said cleaning up the countryside would be a priority.
He said: “My only disappointment when I’m out is the amount of rubbish on our country roads and verges.
“Along with the multiple incidents of fly-tipping, it is quite disgusting and disheartening.
“I often take a couple of binbags with me on my walk and have them filled only half a mile from my home. If I am fortunate enough to be elected, I’d really like to make a difference to this, coming up with some imaginative ideas and encourage volunteering to clean up our countryside so we can all continue to enjoy it.
“If nothing else I think the lockdown has made us appreciate our immediate surroundings ever more. We are very lucky living in such a beautiful area.”
The Lib Dems will run with businesswoman Claire McLaren.
The mum-of-three ran home interiors business The Fussy Cow in the centre of Perth and has also been involved in property development for many years.
She is also a keen curler and held several Scottish Curling committee posts, including president of the ladies committee.
Ms McLaren said well-managed local governance is a “crucial part of the political chain and for the success of an area, for the people and businesses within it”.
She added: “As a Perthshire lass I want to see the area grow under its own personality for the positive benefit of the constituents, communities and businesses.
“To be part of its journey would be an honour”.