Councillor Darren Watt, who represents the Cowdenbeath Ward on Fife Council, is the Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate for the Cowdenbeath constituency in the Holyrood Elections in May this year.
Councillor Watt, who has just completed three and half years as a councillor after being elected in May 2017, is delighted to be given the chance to stand in his home town seat.
Councillor Watt said: "I am incredibly proud to have been chosen to stand in my home constituency. It’s no secret I have ambitions to be a Member of the Scottish Parliament and I am looking forward to the forthcoming campaign."
He added: "The SNP have been in Government in Scotland for over 14 years now and have been solely responsible for education, crime, policing, local authorities, the NHS and health and social care. The voting public will have the chance to judge them on their record and will question if they want another five years of them or is now the time for change.
I very much believe the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party offer a positive and progressive alternative to voters and with new leader Douglas Ross at the helm, the momentum will certainly be with us."
Mr Watt went on: "The ongoing Covid crisis is of course making traditional campaigning more challenging and will no doubt be a key factor during the course of the next Parliament, therefore it’s vital we elect MSPs who will form a Scottish Government that will work alongside our Westminster counterparts and not against them.
As a Conservative, I believe in localism and believe local people know what is right for the area in which they live. The Cowdenbeath constituency is made up of large towns and villages, each with their own unique history, ambitions, issues and concerns.
If elected, I will fully represent each and every community and be the strong, local voice residents deserve.
My record as a local Councillor and community champion for the last three and half years speaks for itself and gives a small insight into what I’m capable of should I be elected to Holyrood in May."