Perthshire Advertiser

Frank and Claire in running for council seat

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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”.

 ??  ?? In the running Frank Smith
In the running Frank Smith
 ??  ?? Candidate Claire McLaren
Candidate Claire McLaren

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