girvan’s Jamie Candlish has been elected to serve the youth of Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley.
The 14-year-old polled 549 votes in the most successful Scottish Youth Parliament election ever in South Ayrshire.
Local young people elected three new members of the Scottish Youth Parliament for the Ayr constituency and Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency.
With a total of 4,401 votes cast - a massive 166% increase on the 2009 election, Cameron Fong and Kirsty Lang were elected to serve the Ayr constituency.
The Scottish Youth Parliament represents Scotland’s young people aged up to 25 years and aims to ensure young people’s voices are heard on the issues that matter and to involve them in democratic decision-making processes.
Voting took place throughout the day on Friday, March 25, with polling booths available in schools, colleges, libraries and other community facilities.
The election was supported by Ayr Guildry, which provided funding to produce posters to promote the election and the candidates.
Cameron and Kirsty said they were delighted to be elected and thanked everyone who voted for them. Jamie’s campaign team thanked voters on his behalf as he was unable to attend the count.
David Anderson, depute returning officer for the election and chief executive of South Ayrshire Council, said: “Our congratulations go to all ten young people who stood in the election - they are a real credit to this area and I’m sure this is only the start for some of them in the field of politics.
“The young people of South Ayrshire have elected three fantastic representatives and I look forward to working with them. My thanks go to all the young people who assisted and everyone who helped run the election count.
“My thanks also go to all those who took the time to vote.”