Aude Boubaker-Calder and James Calder, newly (re)elected Dunfermline Liberal Democrats councillors, topped the polls this Friday (6/5) and demonstrated that people are demanding a more local-focussed approach to how Fife Council is managed.
Aude Boubaker-Calder, who led the poll with 1970 first preference votes in Dunfermline Central, has seen a real desire for change on the doorstep.
“The residents want to be listened to. For too long, we have seen councillors taking care more of what is happening nationally instead of getting on with what they have been elected for: local issues. People who have voted for me want to see an active councillor who is dealing with local issues and be their voice at the Council.”
“I am so grateful and humbled that the Dunfermline Central residents put their confidence in me. I would like to thank them for all the support. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and start to support them”
“I would also like to thank the team who was supporting me and James. Especially my mother-in-law who took regularly care of our one-year-old daughter. We can’t wait to spend a bit more time with her.”
“It is time to look at the issues that matter to them like the state of our roads, our healthcare and social care provision, our schools, but also our town centre and green spaces.”
James Calder, who has been re-elected topping the poll with 1523 first preference votes, has shown that working on the local issues and being approachable won the hearts of the Dunfermline South residents.
“Over the past five years, I have enjoyed putting the local community here first and being there for local constituents. I appreciate all the support I have received in this election and it has meant a lot to me.
“Time and time again on the doorstep, residents have told me they want a Council which will take more care about local issues in Dunfermline, and with both Aude and myself putting local issues first, I genuinely believe that this is the cause of the simply astounding results we have got in Dunfermline.
“I’m also delighted at the Liberal Democrat growth across Fife, almost doubling our councillors. As our deputy leader, I look forward to ensuring that more decisions in Fife as a whole are made with the interests of our diverse communities in mind.
“In the meantime, I will work hard to ensure the trust put into me by residents across Dunfermline South is repaid. We need better road repairs, local green spaces such as around the Calais Woods being protected and ensuring the new school campus is built correctly. I will keep up the pressure on these and many other issues.”
Cllr Aude Boubaker-Calder and Cllr James Calder will be seating as part of the 13 newly (re)elected Liberal Councillors making them the third biggest party in Fife Council. Cllr. Calder has been elected as Deputy Leader of the group.