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Local elections - 3rd May 2012

Council candidates with Glasgow MSPs

The SNP's team to move Glasgow forward.

Cllr Glenn Elder
Ward 1 - Linn
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Spokesperson for Planning
Glenn has lived in the Linn Ward since 1964 and has been active in community matters for over 25 years.

He worked for several years in a Castlemilk-based private sector employment training organisation, and was then employed by Adtec, a community based project aimed at training clients with special needs and preparing them for the workplace. Glenn has also worked as an auditor and consultant for C~BETA, where his duties included improving energy and environmental efficiency of housing association stock in Castlemilk and Carmunnock.

Glenn is on the board of the Castlemilk Timebank and is a director of the Castlemilk and Carmunnock Windpark Trust.

Stewart McDonald
Ward 1 - Linn
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Stewart joined the SNP in 2006 and is currently the party organiser in the Cathcart constituency. He was the Campaign Manager in the 2011 Holyrood election for the Cathcart campaign, which saw the SNP win the seat for the first time with almost a 7% swing from Labour.

Stewart is standing for election to Glasgow City Council because he has ambition for the communities that make up the Linn Ward. He has a strong interest in community development and believes that Glasgow City Council must work better with local people to make our communities as vibrant as they can be.

Cllr Jo Docherty
Ward 2 - Newlands/Auldburn
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Jo is a retired teacher and has lived in Newlands for 38 years. She has three grown up sons and is active in her local community.

Jo is secretary of her local SNP Branch and is an experienced campaigner. She has been a local candidate several times, a Westminster candidate and a European candidate as well as being an election agent on several occasions.

Jo is Chair of her local Community Council and other committees emanating from there, and also secretary to a charitable trust.

Cllr Shab Jaffri
Ward 3 - Greater Pollok
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Spokesperson for Development and Regeneration
Shab has lived, studied and worked in the City for over forty years, and is very passionate about Glasgow and Scotland. He feels he is very fortunate to be part of the Scottish National Party which, with its dynamic and innovative policies and zest for reform, is at the heart of Scottish politics.

Some of the many issues which Shab considers particularly important are policing and crime reduction, and creating safer neighbourhoods. He also wishes to help to revitalise the small business sector, the create secure and permanent jobs by helping new business start-ups, whilst also attracting inward investments and resourceful house build schemes to attract foreign investors.

Shoaib Gul
Ward 2 - Newlands/Auldburn
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Shoaib Gul was born in Pakistan and graduated from Foreman Christian College. He is multilingual, highly motivated and confident and computer literate person.

Shoaib started his career working in the National Bank of Pakistan. He has also worked as a political correspondent and as a TV host for a current affair programmes in Pakistan.

Shoaib is involved in a wide variety of community work, from youth organizations to charity fundraising. His hobbies are swimming, snooker and travelling.

Cllr David McDonald
Ward 3 - Greater Pollok
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Spokesperson for Communities
SNP Group Business Manager
For the last 5 years David has been a councillor in the city's east end, but is returning home to the south side to stand for election in the Greater Pollok Ward.

David is the SNP Spokesperson on Social Work and the Group's Deputy Business Manager; he is also the youngest person ever to have been appointed as a Baillie of the City of Glasgow. David was born, raised and still lives in the Greater Pollok area and previously worked for a number of local voluntary sector agencies.

David is currently studying part time for a degree in Community Education at the University of Strathclyde.

Cllr Iris Gibson
Ward 4 - Craigton
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SNP Group Treasurer
Iris Gibson seeks re-election in Craigton ward. She is hard working, public spirited and a woman of integrity. Educated at Strathclyde University and a keen runner, Iris has been a Councillor for more than 12 years, and has proven herself to be a hardworking, conscientious and effective full time councillor, well respected in both her ward and the City Chambers.
Cllr Jim Torrance
Ward 4 - Craigton
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Jim Torrance (54) was brought up in Penilee, and attended Penilee Secondary School. Jim joined the SNP in 1975 and was a community councillor in the first ever community council in Penilee .

Jim and his family lived overseas for 12 years where Jim graduated as an electronics engineer in the telecommunications industry , before going on to become Regional Technical Director of a global telecommunications FTSE 50 company. Returning to Penilee in 1992, Jim is currently a Business Development Manager at a Scottish headquartered UK wide company, where he manages business worth millions of pounds.

Cllr Norman MacLeod
Ward 6 - Pollokshields
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Spokesperson for Finance
A Glaswegian 'born and bred' - Norman MacLeod has been a committed and enthusiastic member of the Scottish National Party for many years - having first joined the SNP in 1972 at the age of 21.

He has filled various positions in the SNP at local and national level including being a Parliamentary and a Council Candidate on several occasions.

Having retired early - he offers himself to the people of Pollokshields Ward as someone who - if elected - is in a position to be a full time and very hard working local Councillor.

Cllr Susan Aitken
Ward 7 - Langside
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Spokesperson for Health and Social Care
Susan Aitken has been an active member of the SNP for over ten years and was the election agent for Glasgow Cathcart MSP James Dornan in the 2011 Holyrood elections.

Originally from Biggar, Susan moved to Glasgow in 1989 to study English and Scottish Literature at Glasgow University. She remained in the city and has, for the past eight years, lived in the Crosshill area with her husband.

Susan spent much of her career working in Scotland’s third sector, with a particular focus on health and social care policy.

Cllr Jahangir Hanif
Ward 8 - Southside Central
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Jahangir Hanif is a local businessman and a Strathclyde University graduate. He has worked in Southside Central on and off for the past 20 years.

Jahangir previously fought the Council Seat in 2003 for Govanhill and cut down labour's majority to less than half. He is currently the convenor of SNP Pollokshields branch.

Jahangir believes that it is time for a change and that the people of Glasgow deserve to get better services from the Council. His main areas of concerns are poverty, crime, education and the lack of facilities provided by the Council for the people of Southside Central.

Jonathan Mackie
Ward 5 - Govan
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Jonathan, 32, lives on the Southside and currently works as a Fuel Poverty Adviser. A committed grassroots activist since 1995, he wants to see an SNP administration of real vision and capability running the City Council, in contrast to previous decades of Labour mismanagement and incompetence.

Jonathan pledges to be a hard-working, dedicated, and accessible councillor if elected in Govan.

Tahir Mohammed
Ward 5 - Govan
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Tahir Mohammed (BSc) was born 26th December 1971 and has lived in Glasgow for the past 20 years.

Graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with BSc in Computer Studies, he has since worked at the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). Initially worked as a Software Engineer and now working as a Qualifications Officer.

Tahir has worked tirelessly on a local and global platform with various organisations, to enable people from all walks of life to gain a voice, to be heard.

As he has progressed upwards in the SQA, he has acquired skills which enable him to deal with all types of situations, skills which are further honed through his work in the local community through to dealing with crisis control on a global scale with events as the earthquake in Kashmir and Tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

Now it’s time to work for Glasgow and make Scotland a better place.

Cllr Mhairi Hunter
Ward 8 - Southside Central
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Spokesperson for Education
Mhairi has lived in the Southside for most of her life. She attended Shawlands Academy and has worked in a variety of roles, including as a policy officer for SNP Headquarters.

Mairi has worked as Nicola Sturgeon’s constituency manager since 2007 and was Nicola’s election agent in 2011. Mhairi is the daughter of Allison Hunter, the SNP Group Leader in Glasgow.

Cllr Khalil Malik
Ward 6 - Pollokshields
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Shadow City Treasurer
Khalil has been councillor since May 2007. He has served on Finance and Audit Scrutiny Committee and the Executive Committee.

In the past 5 years Khalil has worked very hard to resolve his constituents' issues, and has recieved a lot of positive feedback about his work.

Cllr Alison Thewliss
Ward 9 - Calton
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Spokesperson for Land and Environment
Alison was elected to the council in 2007 and has enjoyed every day of representing the people of the Calton ward. She hopes to be re-elected to continue in this work.

Alison believes it has been a privilege to get to know people in Calton over the past five years and appreciates the relationships she has built. Alison has worked hard to assist constituents with a range of issues.

Alison believes that independence for Scotland will bring the chance to bring change, recovery and regeneration to the East End, and an SNP administration in Glasgow City Council will work alongside the people to make our city a better place.

Cllr Martin Docherty
Ward 10 - Anderston/City
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Spokesperson for Housing
Martin is an Anderston/City resident, volunteer, and Nationalist since his first ever vote cast at the European election of 1989. He is also an active member of his community, and has an interest in housing, volunteering and financial auditing and monitoring for public benefit.

Martin currently works as a policy and research officer for West Dunbartonshire Community and Volunteering Services, and also served as an SNP councillor between 1992 and 1995.

His voluntary work includes acting as National Secretary for Cahonas Scotland Male Cancer Awareness, and Martin is also the secretary of his local residents’ association.

Cllr Ken Andrew
Ward 11 - Hillhead
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Ken Andrew is 53 years old, married with one son, and has lived in the West End of Glasgow for 35 years. Ken reckons that over the years he’s lived in every part of the Hillhead Ward.

A graduate of Strathclyde University; Ken worked for many years as a Prosthetist for the West of Scotland artificial limb service originally at the old Belvidere Hospital and laterally at the Southern General. Ken now works for NHS Fife managing equipment services for the physically disabled which includes equipment that allows individuals to maintain their independence in their own home.

Ken was elected to the council in 2011, during the Hillhead by election.

Cllr Kenny McLean
Ward 12 - Partick West
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Chair of Finance and Audit Scrutiny Committee
Kenny McLean was raised in Partick and educated locally at Hyndland Secondary and Glasgow University, graduating with an honours degree in History & Politics. Following graduation Kenny worked for the popular local MSP Sandra White. Kenny also undertook post graduate studies at Glasgow University and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Urban Policy.

Prior to his election as a councillor Kenny was a community activist and was involved in many campaigns in the area including opposing the massive Tesco development in Partick.

In his term as a councillor Kenny has been SNP Group spokesperson for Development and Regeneration, and Sustainability and the Environment.

Alex Hewetson
Ward 7 - Langside
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Alex Hewetson has been resident in the Battlefield and Old Cathcart neighbourhoods for some 40 years. He has been married to Maureen, for some 18 years. His career has been with several local authorities, recently including Glasgow City Council, as its Community Council Liaison Officer and he has also served as a Senior Committee Services Officer.

Alex is currently involved in the delivery of Community Planning and is on 2 Scottish Government Working Groups – The Scottish Government’s development of a Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill and a Group on the formulation of strategies to support and develop community councils to play an active role in their communities and to strengthen their links with Community Planning.

Cllr Feargal Dalton
Ward 12 - Partick West
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Born in Ireland, Feargal graduated from University College Dublin as an electronics engineer. He moved to England in 1994 to take up a commission in the Royal Navy. Following a week’s training in the Highlands, Feargal requested a transfer to Scotland and Glasgow became his home, where he has lived for the last 15 years. He retired from the Armed Forces in October 2010 at the rank of lieutenant commander. Retraining as a physics teacher, Feargal qualified in June 2011 following placements at two Glasgow schools. Married with three children, Feargal’s interests include Scottish and Irish history and culture, education, veterans, finance, parks and leisure facilities and road safety.
Cllr Graeme Hendry
Ward 13 - Garscadden/Scotstounhill
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Leader of the Opposition
Graeme has been the SNP Councillor for Garscadden/Scotstounhill since May 2007 and is currently the SNP Group’s Business Manager and a member of the Council’s Executive Committee.

Graeme graduated in 2000 Honours Degree in Politics from Glasgow University. He then worked for Maryhill Citizens Advice Bureau, and the Welfare Rights Department at North Lanarkshire Council Social Work Department. In September 2001 Graeme returned to University where he gained a PG Dip Careers Guidance from Strathclyde University. Graeme currently works for Skills Development Scotland in Renfrewshire.

Graeme lives in Scotstoun, Glasgow with his wife and child and in his spare time he is a keen follower of football.

Cllr Malcolm Balfour
Ward 14 - Drumchapel/Anniesland
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Spokesperson for Transport
SNP Group Deputy Business Manager
Malcolm has lived locally all his life. He went to school in Drumchapel and married a local girl, with whom he has two daughters.

Malcolm acts as liaison officer between the SNP and trade unions in Scotland.

Being a former bus driver he understands the frustrations of the people over the poor local transport conditions. Other areas such as schools in disrepair, poor housing, the degredation of Drumchapel Shopping Centre along with the lack of facilities for the younger members of our society are just some of the concerns he believes must be addressed forthwith.

Cllr John Letford
Ward 15 - Maryhill/Kelvin
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Spokesperson for Personnel
John is 42 and attended both primary and secondary school within the Maryhill/Kelvin ward. He is a chartered librarian with over 12 years’ experience gained within the university and school sectors. In his younger days he used to run for Maryhill Harriers and was a youth leader with the Red Cross. He has one daughter.

John currently works for Bob Doris MSP. He has been an advocate of social justice for over 20 years and has campaigned vigorously on a wide range of issues, from housing and benefits to equal rights and anti- racism, including working with the North West Women’s Centre and MS Revive in Maryhill.

Alexander Belic
Ward 9 - Calton
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Having left Glasgow after school to work for Amnesty International outwith Scotland, Alexander returned home in 2007 and began working for one of the UK's largest insurance firms, investigating complaint calls. He is currently studying Economics & Mathematics with the Open University.

He joined the SNP in 2009 and was the Glasgow Regional Association's Organiser during the 2011 Holyrood election campaign, which saw 5 of the city's 8 seats return SNP MSPs.

Alexander is committed to seeing Glasgow take pride of place: no longer the second city of the Empire, but the first city of an Independent Scotland."

Cllr Francis Scally
Ward 15 - Maryhill/Kelvin
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Born and raised in Maryhill and a resident for most of my life, Francis has been involved with many local issues, groups and causes. He has run youth clubs, coached footballs teams, and championed the 'Save the Schools' campaign for Wyndford and St Gregory's Primaries.

A founding member of the Wyndford District Community Council, Francis has to improve hislocal community. He is also a member of the Green Gorrillaz who strive to help the youth, parents and pensioners of the local area.

Francis is demonstrably committed to his local area, and intends to work tirelessly for the Maryhill/Kelvin ward.

Cllr Craig Mackay
Ward 10 - Anderston/City
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Spokesperson for Regeneration and the Economy
SNP Group Secretary
Craig Mackay has represented Anderston/City ward since 2007. He is shadow spokesperson for Regeneration and the Economy, and also sits on the Sustainability and the Environment and Planning committees.

As well as being a councillor, Craig is a part time freelance graphic and web designer, having set up business in 2005. Prior to that, he was designer at the pro-Independence Scottish Standard newspaper. He studied Architecture at the University of Strathclyde and has worked as a technician at architects’ and landscape architects’ practices. Craig is married to Cllr Jennifer Dunn.

Craig says: "I am committed to helping make Glasgow and Scotland a better place. A socially just and democratic Scotland is only possible with Scottish independence."

Cllr Billy McAllister
Ward 16 - Canal
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Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Billy was born in Glasgow in 1954. He joined the SNP 1996 and has held the position of vice convenor of Maryhill Branch for the last few years well, and he also stood as the SNP candidate in the North East by election in 2010, which was called when Michael Martin resigned. Billy has been a community activist for 30 years, and was elected to the council at the Milton by election in 2006. Billy stood again in the 2007 local elections and was returned as an SNP councillor. Since being re-elected he has been elected as SNP Group Deputy Leader, and is vocal campaigner against crime.
Cllr Phil Greene
Ward 17 - Springburn
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Phil has been an SNP councillor since 2007, and an SNP member and activist for 40 years. He has independence and liberty in his sights. Phil is proud to represent the good folk of Springburn and offer his expertise and consummate experience and skills on their behalf. He is also a Baillie, and has represented Glasgow at numerous events and conferences. Phil was Social Work directorate for 25 years, specialising in child care. He was a Director of People in Need for 20 years. Since retiring in 1996, Phil has run numerous businesses. Phil is a father and proud grandfather of 8, and avid gardener.
Cllr Jennifer Dunn
Ward 18 - East Centre
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Jennifer is currently the SNP Education Spokesperson, and has previously been appointed to Cordia, Glasgow Markets, and the Barlinnie Prison Visiting Committee. She has been a councillor since 2007.

Jennifer has previously worked for a political magazine and for Learning and Teaching Scotland. She has recently completed an MSc in Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde, and works part time as a freelance writer.

Jennifer lives with her husband and fellow SNP councillor, Craig Mackay, in Dennistoun, and they are expecting their first child in May. Jennifer’s hobbies are swimming, cooking and travelling.

Mark Smith
Ward 11 - Hillhead
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Mark joined the SNP because he believes that the future of Scotland would be best served as an independent nation. Mark is passionate about serving the people of Hillhead ward and Glasgow, and to the cause of independence.

Mark is 38, married and currently employed by Royal Mail. His particular interests outside politics lie in film (MLitt in European Film Studies, University of Glasgow, 2010), football, photography, languages (MA Italian and English, University of Glasgow, 2006), translating and travelling. He has also worked at home and abroad as a volunteer with autistic children.

Mark lives and works in the Hillhead ward.

Cllr John McLaughlin
Ward 19 - Shettleston
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Spokesperson for International Affairs
John joined the SNP in 1964 and was formerly elected as councillor for Mile End in 1968, for one term. He was re-elected to the council in 2007, as a member for Shettleston ward. He has held numerous posts within the SNP and has been candidate for Westminster, Holyrood and local government.

John worked in public transport for 24 years. He is a founder member and director of the Tollcross Community Trust. John is a firm supporter of the Shettleston Pub Watch and the Scottish Government’s plans to tackle alcohol abuse.

Outside politics his interest are history, reading, theatre and music.

Cllr David Turner
Ward 20 - Baillieston
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David has been member of SNP for over 18 years has held various branch positions in that time. He was elected as a councillor in September 2008 following John Mason’s historic Glasgow East by election win. David has been a highly visible and hardworking local councillor since that time.
Cllr Austin Sheridan
Ward 20 - Baillieston
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SNP Group Secretary
Austin is 19, and is the youngest SNP council candidate in Glasgow. He is pleased to be given the chance to represent Baillieston if the people choose to elect him.

Austin has worked with many voluntary organisations such as the Scottish Youth Parliament, Young Scot, National Autistic Society and many more. He currently is employed in a contact centre, and describes himself as a ‘people person’.

Austin is proud to be part of the team that will stand up for Glasgow, and feels that a change of leadership is essential to improve the lot of people living and working in the city.

Cllr Gerald Boyle
Ward 21 - North East
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Gerry was born and grew up in Glasgow, and has a great love for Glasgow and its people. He lives in Millerston.

Spending most of his career working for large corporations, Gerry has vast experience in administration, sales, credit finance, and people management.

In his most recent position as a senior manager for a credit union, Gerry realised his experience helped him to assist clients with various problems.

Gerry is training to become an adviser for The Easterhouse Citizens Advice Bureau.

If elected as a councillor Gerry will work tirelessly to improve the people’s quality of life in the communities that he will serve.

Donald Wilson
Ward 13 - Garscadden/Scotstounhill
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Donald is 38 and grew up in Glasgow. He has lived in Scotstoun since 2003, having worked in Greece for two years. Donald joined the SNP in 1992 and has held various positions within his local branch including being an election agent and Glasgow City council candidate in the 1990s. Donald has been active in many community organisations including residents associations, community councils and more recently the campaign to save concierge services within his local community. Donald currently works for a travel firm and enjoys travelling and has spent a lot of time on holidays in the Highlands. He also enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephews.
John Docherty
Ward 14 - Drumchapel/Anniesland
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John is a long-time local resident. He has worked as a fire-fighter and then a full time union representative in the West of Glasgow, and has also brought up his family in the area.

John is putting myself forward as a candidate because he firmly believes it’s time the voters in Drumchapel/Anniesland had effective, positive local representation on the real issues that concern them. One local issue he is keen to pursue is the regeneration of Drumchapel Shopping Centre.

John is concerned about a wide range of issues, including housing, transport, school repairs, policing and many others.

Gavin Roberts
Ward 16 - Canal
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Gavin was born in St Andrews in 1956. He was educated at Rutherglen Academy and Glasgow School of Art and gained his PGCSE in 1981 at Jordanhill College.

Gavin joined the SNP in 1981, and has served the party in a range of capacities, both internally as well as standing as SNP candidate in local and national elections, notably Westminster 1987 and as by election candidate in Possil.

As a teacher and as a committed trade unionist, Gavin currently serves as Assistant Secretary of North Lanarkshire EIS. Gavin has an abiding interest in geopolitics, archaeology, science and the arts generally.

He has four grown up children who share his interest in securing independence.

James Oakes
Ward 17 - Springburn
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James was born in Hutchesontown in 1957 and lived in Easterhouse in the 1960s. He has studied Photograpy, History and IT and now works in Glasgow University Library and Print Unit.

James has lived in Partick since 1997, has been a Community Councillor there and remains passionate about devolving power back to a local level. He has been a firm supporter of Sandra White since 2007 and has campaigned in all elections since then.

James is an active member of the Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society.

Colin Rullkotter
Ward 18 - East Centre
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Colin has lived most of his life in the east end of Glasgow, until recently one of the staunchest Labour enclaves in the country. The area is now the most electorally diverse it has ever been, which is surely welcome regardless of one's political affiliation.

Colin has worked in the Council's Education Department and as a teacher abroad, and underwent a brief and unreciprocated flirtation with journalism. For the last two years, Colin has been employed as a caseworker in the office of Glasgow MSP Bob Doris, where he has dealt with the gamut of constituents' concerns, from sentencing to potholes via alcohol pricing.

Adam Miller
Ward 19 - Shettleston
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Adam Miller is 22 and has lived in Sandyhills for ten years. He studied Politics and Economics at the University of Glasgow and graduated with an MA (Social Science) in 2011.

Adam joined the SNP before the last UK General Election and has campaigned consistently for the SNP in the East End of Glasgow, supporting John Mason MSP in his recent election to the Scottish Parliament.

Out with politics, Adam’s other interests include leading Baillieston 144th troop of Scouts, reading, mountain climbing and spending time with friends and family.

Tony Kenny
Ward 21 - North East
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Tony is has lived most of his life in Easterhouse. He has four children, and has worked in a wide range of jobs including construction, barwork and most recently as a HGV driver.

Tony completed an honours degree in law at the University of the West of Scotland in 2010, and has been involved in volunteering in the communuity for many years during that and since. His former voluntary commitments include Parkhead and Bell St. Citizens Advice Bureau, Playbusters and Clyde Boys Club 2000s.

Tony believes very much in making his community better, and hopes to be able to carry on this work as an elected representative.

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