As Scottish national election campaigning enters its final week, Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate Finlay Carson issued a personal plea to voters.
Following a visit to the region by the party’s former leader in Scotland, Baroness Annabel Goldie, Finlay said: “Next Thursday voters will go to the polls in the most important Scottish Parliament election since devolution.
“Here in Galloway and West Dumfries, it could not be any clearer – it’s between me, Finlay Carson, who has lived and worked here my whole life, or the SNP.
“Last year’s general election result showed that Labour cannot win this seat, so, particularly if you voted no to independence in 2014, then I would ask for your constituency vote to ensure that we don’t have to endure a rerun of that referendum.
“I am the only candidate you can vote for who can beat the SNP.
“At that start of this election campaign, I launched my six-point plan aimed at boosting job creation and encouraging inward investment in Galloway and West Dumfries.
“This ambitious plan would see the creation of a Galloway National Park, enterprise zone status for Stranraer, more investment in our infrastructure with a particular focus on our trunk roads and rail services in Dumfries and Stranraer, as well as improvements to our mobile and internet connectivity.
“I believe these proposals would revitalise our local economy and provide our tourism sector with a much-needed boost.
“Next Thursday, you will vote for a new MSP to follow in the footsteps of Alex Fergusson, who has represented this area so tirelessly over the past 17 years.
“It would be a great honour to follow in Alex’s footsteps, and I am delighted to have his backing to do so.
“It would be an enormous privilege to be elected to represent this constituency – the place where I was born and brought up, raised my family and where I run an IT business in partnership with my brother.
“It is the place I call home, and that is why I care so deeply about it’s future.
“If you elect me, Finlay Carson, as your MSP next Thursday, I will fight for local services, jobs and investment and be a champion for our local communities”.
Four candidates will fight it out for the Galloway and West Dumfries seat.
They are, besides Finlay, Aileen McLeod, for the SNP; Andrew Metcalf, of the Scottish Liberals; and Fiona O’Donnell, of Scottish Labour.
Polling stations open next Thursday at 7am. Check on our website for results, www.gallowaygazette.co.uk