Dominic Ashmole for Tweeddale West.

The Scottish Greens have selected former research and development manager Dominic Ashmole to contest the Tweeddale West ward in May’s council elections. The 54-year-old worked for over 20 years in an Edinburgh healthcare technology firm before leaving his job to become the local Green candidate in last year’s Holyrood election, standing against former council leader Shona Haslam and Christine Grahame MSP.

Mr Ashmole grew up in Peebles and previously worked locally as a care worker for adults with learning disabilities. He is married and has two adult children, and now lives near Stobo.

Commenting on his selection, Mr Ashmole said: “I’m pleased that the Greens have put their trust in me – and I’m absolutely delighted with the positive responses I’ve received on the doorstep. Hundreds of the voters I’ve spoken with really seem ready to elect their first Green councillor.”

“They’ve watched me campaign on local issues throughout the past year and they know that I’d continue to do so if elected. I’m totally committed to standing up for Tweeddale and making sure our concerns are heard by the council decision-makers.”

“For example, public transport might seem fine from the council offices in St Boswells, a short hop from the railway station, but it’s far from fine in Tweeddale. Bus services from Edinburgh end way too early in the evening, and many routes have major timetable gaps and don’t run at all on Sundays.”

“Our roads are poorly maintained and lethal for cyclists, care services are overstretched, and facilities for young people are very limited. Tweeddale needs a strong voice telling the council we deserve better.”

Mr Ashmole also has an eye on the bigger picture, and is well-known locally for taking a strong stance on climate change.

“I chose to campaign for the Greens after a David Attenborough documentary reduced me to tears. I hadn’t realised how bad things already are, and how close we are to irreversible collapse. I couldn’t live with myself without taking action.”

“The good news is that the actions we need to take to save the natural world are also great for the health and happiness of our communities. Taking care of the future also means taking care of each other in the here and now. That’s something that adds a lot of joy to life.”

Dr Barbra Harvie, co-convenor of Scottish Borders Greens commented: “Dominic will make an amazing councillor for an area he lives and breathes. Having long worked in the high-tech corporate sector, he brings a can-do attitude and a focus on delivery. He also cares passionately about people and nature, and is working tirelessly to protect both from the serious challenges of the coming decades.”

“I would urge everyone to give Dominic their number one vote and trust him to serve the community he loves.”