Labour’s candidate for next years Scottish Parliament elections has put community spirit at the heart of her campaigning.
Carol Mochan, a mother of two was actually chosen by party members last June to stand in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley and is now focused on winning back the votes the party have lost to the SNP.
She took the time to speak with the Gazette this week in order for readers to find out a bit more about her.
Carol said: “I moved to Girvan when I was four and I started school at Girvan Primary and lived at Rowan Road.
“I was one of the first people to go to what I consider to be the new Girvan Academy
“I have some great memories of Girvan and I had a long part of my childhood here before I moved at 16.
“I’ve mainly lived in the constituency as we moved to Mauchline in East Ayrshire but I had time at college in Glasgow and my first job was as a dietician at Watford General.
“But I think Ayrshire always calls you back as I was only in London for a year.
“I met my now husband and we lived in Sorn for ten years and I travelled up and down to Glasgow for work.
“My whole career has been in the NHS so I’m very much a public sector person.
“When my Mum and Dad retired we moved to Mauchline and we took over their business; boarding kennels for cats and dogs whilst people are on holiday.”
Carol says her passion for politics comes through her family.
“I grew up in a family who absolutely believed in caring about others and the community.
“I’ve got a strong trade union background and I would say that’s where a lot of my drive comes from.
“I’m probably not your typical person who stands to be elcted; I haven’t got a political background, I haven’t been anyone’s adviser.
“Three or four years ago Labour pushed the fact people wanted more ordinary people in politics and up until then I wouldn’t have considered it but I then thought it was the right time to go for it.
“It was about Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley for me, it’s not just about getting a seat.”
Carol says she’s already been out campaigning in the constituency.
“I’ve been out working in the area; going door to door as our big push is to speak to people and ensure they have a message from Labour.
“This part of South Ayrshire is so important for us to win back.”
Carol outlined some of the main issues she is hearing on the doorsteps.
“Transport comes up a lot with better transport links expected.Employment for young people also comes up again and again.”
Carol will be up against Jeane Freeman of the SNP and Lee Lyons of the Conservatives.