|Candidate Name||Emma Louise Macdonald|
|Electoral Ward||Shetland North|
|Description (if any)||Independent|
My name is Emma Macdonald and I am asking for your vote on 4 May for Shetland North. I am 37 and I live in lower Voe with my husband Joseph and two children, Shannon and Jordan.
We moved to Shetland when I was eight after spending many holidays here. My mam’s family are from Shetland originally. After a short period away from the Island I moved back to Shetland when I had my daughter. We spent many years living in the community of Mossbank where both of my children attended nursery and primary school until we moved and settled in Lower Voe.
Although I currently work in my business Emma-Louise’s the Coffee Shop, my background is in social care having previously worked in both a residential care setting and also in youth work. I have a BA(Hons) in health and social care and still have a keen interest in that sector.
I stand for:
Openness and honesty
Your councillor should be your voice in the council chamber. I want to represent people like me, who feel the current council do not represent the views of their constituency but instead base some of their decisions on their own agendas. The council has to remember that it is to be accountable for all of their actions at all times. I want to be the voice for the normal person who wants answers and wants to be kept informed.
Our local schools are the heart of our communities. I will support the local communities in keeping these open wherever possible.
We must look after our ageing population. We have fantastic care services with great people who work in our communities and our care centres, who should be supported by the council. Any cost-cutting I feel should not be from these vital frontline roles and instead should be from administrative procedures and management levels.
Our young people are the future of Shetland. We must listen to their views and opinions. We must give them the ability to live here,work here and bring up their families here. We must think about the future generations and the impact our actions have on them. We have to give them a Shetland they want to live and work in.
I feel that the council requires a much better gender balance and that, at 37, I understand the viewpoint of a younger demographic. I can relate to the struggle of juggling work and childcare. I use public transport to get to work which shows that I understand the importance of public services.
As your councillor I would work tirelessly with the other north councillors to make sure our area is represented well and that we stand together for the good of the north area. A united team is vital and I am ready to work hard to make sure your voice is heard.
I would really appreciate your vote on 4 May and I strongly feel that with a positive and motivated council we can make a change for the better.