Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



SNP Candidate for Elgin City North, Patsy Gowans, is asking voters in the Moray Council By-Election to ‘Elect a local champion’.

Patsy Gowans served as a Councillor for Elgin City North between 2007 and the recent council elections that took place in May of this year.

Patsy is standing again in the by-election in the same ward, which happened as a result of an Independent candidate resigning just 4 days into the role.

As a councillor Patsy campaigned on issues from local bus services to accessible paths to improved conditions for low paid workers, especially those in the care sector. She also helped many residents in the Elgin North Ward with individual concerns such as housing, social care needs and parking problems to name but a few.

Speaking about her decision to stand again Patsy said:

“I have been greatly encouraged by messages of support from people urging me to stand again.

“Like me, people will be pretty fed up with elections by now, given this will be the third one in as many months, but I would urge people to use their vote on 13 July to elect me as their councillor for Elgin City North.

“Over the years I have been involved in many community activities and as a councillor for five years I have become involved in many more community issues.

“I have championed issues from getting a disability friendly path to help people access the town, to fighting for local bus services. On a one-to-one basis with constituents I have helped people with housing issues, healthcare concerns, schools issues and improving local facilities.

“I have the experience to make a difference for areas like Bishopmill, Lesmurdie, Pansport, Ashgrove, Pinefield and Barlink and I have a track record of working hard to tackle challenges facing the community as well as challenges facing indivduals.

“Please use your vote to Elect a Local Champion and vote for me, Patsy Gowans, in this important by-election.”


Biography - June 2017:

Patsy was brought up in Dundee and has lived in Elgin with her husband, Dave, for twenty years. They have two grown up children who were brought up and attended school in Elgin.

Patsy has been your Councillor for 5 years. Before this she worked in public, private and third sector organisations most recently as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities.  

She has brought a breadth of experience to the chamber and continually fought for better pay for carers believing all workers should be valued. She has been successful in securing cross party support for accessible footpaths, fighting to maintain green space, aiding public tennis courts, improving inclusion opportunities.  

Her work in health and social care has seen Jubilee Cottages brought back into use to aid recovery from out of hospital prior to home and she is currently fighting to keep key bus routes in Bishopmill.

In her spare time Patsy works with voluntary organisations, including Out of the Darkness Theatre Company and she also enjoys gardening, spending time with family and friends, cycling and walking.