Owen Martin, Labour’s latest candidate to be announced for the forthcoming Local Council Election in May 2017, has promised to stand up for Girvan and the South Carrick Villages.
He stands in the seat vacated by Labour’s John McDowell who has decided to retire.
Owen advised that “John will be missed and he will be a hard act to follow but, if elected, I will do my best to build on the legacy that he has left behind”.
Mr Martin continued: “I am motivated to stand because I am tired of listening to candidates making lots of promises at election time but delivering very few positive results for the South Carrick Communities. I have lived and worked in Girvan most of my life and I want to make a real difference to my home Town and the surrounding areas”.
He believes that being a local candidate is an important bonus because of his local knowledge and community commitments. “I know what the issues are in the different local communities and I care about what happens to the people here in this ward. I want the problems that are brought to me to be sorted quickly and efficiently. I promise to be a strong voice for South Carrick locally and at the County Buildings in Ayr”.
Owen has a great family pedigree in politics with his Uncle Michael having been a Labour stalwart and the Speaker in the House of Commons for 9 years and his cousin Paul was a former Labour Councillor and a Labour MSP up until last year’s Scottish Parliament Elections. He said, “we have long held to Labour traditions in our family and we have always believed in improving workers’ wages and conditions, standing side by side with the Unions and delivering high quality public services for the benefit of all”.
He concluded by stating that “it would be a great honour for me to keep the Labour family connection alive through representing local individuals and families to tackle problems particularly rural isolation and to help improve the quality of our life”.