Wick’s Gail Ross confirms re-election bid
WICK councillor Gail Ross will stand for re-election in May’s Highland Council election.
The SNP member was first elected to represent the town last year in a landslide by-election win.
Speaking to a gathering of party members in Wick, Mrs Ross said the past 12 months have been "the busiest, most challenging and most rewarding" of her life.
The councillor is married to Thurso teacher Stewart Ross and the couple have a young son, Max.
Mrs Ross, who grew up in Reiss and Wick, was a previous community council secretary and worked for local MSP Rob Gibson.
She is currently a member of the Highlands and Islands Fire Board, the housing and social work committee and the education, culture and sport committee. She also chairs the HarbourFest board in Wick.
Mrs Ross said: "It is with a huge sense of pride that I announce that I will seek re-election to the Highland Council. These past 12 months have been the busiest, most challenging and most rewarding of my life.
"Last year, I pledged to be a hard-working councillor for Wick. I have given this role my utmost, but I’ve got much more work to do.
"Since my election, I have stood up to the independent/Lib Dem/Labour administration. Now, Caithness has the opportunity to send an SNP team to the council to form a new administration. I will work tirelessly to communicate our positive vision for a better Caithness from now until polling day and beyond.
"We want a fairer administration. That means returning power to the county, protecting support for our children, fixing our roads and investing in our future. I’ve done my apprenticeship in opposition – now we need real power for real change. Together, we’re making Wick wark weel!"
Her announcement was welcomed by Mr Gibson, who described Mrs Ross as "Wick’s grafter councillor".
"She works day in, day out for the town that she loves. Wick could not ask for a stronger voice at the council, and I am delighted that she is to stand for re-election," he said.
"I share Gail’s enthusiasm for a fairer council. Folk in Caithness feel disconnected from this administration, but the SNP have a plan to return power to the county and restore trust in local government."
The election takes place on May 3.