Fife Council: 179 candidates in May elections
Fife Council has finalized the full list of candidates for the local elections in May – signaling the start of what promises to be a hard-fought election campaign.
A total of 75 councilors will be elected in 22 ward areas across the Kingdom on May 5, and there promises to be contests held closely.
A full field of 179 candidates from all political persuasions was confirmed after the deadline for full nominations passed last week.
Fife Council has been under joint SNP/Labour administration since 2017, when the SNP replaced Scottish Labor as the region’s largest party for the first time, but failed to win enough seats to form a majority.
The Scottish Conservatives replaced the Scottish Liberal Democrats as the third largest party, while no independent councilors were elected for the first time.
While many familiar faces have decided not to run again or retire before the 2022 ballot, council co-leaders David Ross and David Alexander are seeking re-election.
Provost Jim Leishman is standing again for Labor in Dunfermline Central, former Dunfermline MSP Cara Hilton is standing for Labor in Dunfermline South and former SNP group leader in Fife Brian Goodall is standing in Rosyth.
Conservative group leader Dave Dempsey is once again running in Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay, although current Lib Dem group leader Tim Brett is not seeking re-election in northeast Fife.
The Greens have someone standing in every neighborhood but one.
The Scottish Family Party – which has a pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-family stance – is fielding candidates in 14 of the 22 wards, while the Alba Independence Party has 11 candidates.
Voting will take place between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Thursday May 5, but the count itself will start at 8.30 a.m. the following day in the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes.
This is a list of candidates for Dunfermline and West Fife wards.
Ward 1 – West Fife and Coastal Villages: Jo Cockburn (Lib Dems), Graeme Downie (Lab), William Gavin (Alba), Martin Keatings (Ind), Craig McCutcheon (Greens), Jacqueline McKenna (Lab), Danny Smith (Scottish Family Party), Sam Steele (SNP), Katie Strang (SNP), Conner Young (Cons).
Ward 2 – North Dunfermline: Auxi Barrera (SNP), Dave Edler (Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition), Gavin Ellis (Cons), Mags Hall (Greens), Caroline McIlwraith (Lib Dems), Craig McIvor (SNP), Gordon Pryde (Lab), Karen Smith (Scottish Family Party).
Ward 3 – Dunfermline Central: Aude Boubaker-Calder (Lib Dems), Lewis Campbell (Greens), Derek Glen (SNP), Garry Haldane (Lab), Jean Hall Muir (SNP), Jim Leishman (Lab), Malcolm MacAulay (Cons ), Gary Pratt (Scottish Family Party), Leanne Tervit (Alba).
Ward 4 – South Dunfermline: Naz Anis-Miah (SNP), Lynn Ballantyne Wardlow (SNP), James Calder (Lib Dems), Tom Freeman (Greens), Cara Hilton (Lab), Paul Lynch (Scottish Family Party), Ross Paterson (Lab), David Ross (Cons), Rob Thompson (Alba), Martin Willcocks (Ind).
Ward 5 – Rosyth: Brian Goodall (SNP), Andy Jackson (SNP), Teresa Little (Lib Dems), Stephen Lynas (Alba), Alastair MacIntyre (Scottish Family Party), Fiona McOwan (Greens), George Morton (Scottish Libertarian Party ), Grant Thomson (Cons), Andrew Verrecchia (Laboratory).
Ward 6 – Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay: David Barratt (SNP), Ryan Blackadder (Greens), Patrick Browne (Lab), Dave Coleman (Cons), Sarah Ann Davis (Scottish Family Party), Dave Dempsey (Cons), Callum Hawthorne ( Lib Dems), Sarah Neal (SNP).
Ward 7 – Cowdenbeath: Alie Bain (SNP), Jacqueline Bijster (Alba), Alex Campbell (Lab), Helen Greig (Scottish Family Party), Gary Guichan (Lab), Alyssa Lee (Greens), Bailey-Lee Robb (SNP) , Peter Venturi (Lib Dems), Darren Watt (Cons).