Oliver Mundell has this week been selected by local Conservative Party members as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Candidate for Dumfriesshire in next May's Scottish Parliament Elections.
The former Moffat Academy Head Boy had been hoping to launch his campaign at Moffat Show this weekend, which has now been cancelled owing to bad weather and has decided instead to announce his candidacy early and hit the ground running.
Local Conservatives are targeting a win in the seat on the 5th of May next year, after finishing in a strong second place back in 2011. Mr Mundell hopes that the party's strong stance on the Union and the Scottish Government's poor record here in the South of Scotland will count in his favour with voters.
Mr Mundell who led the local Better Together Campaign across Dumfries and Galloway on behalf of the Party plans to make the most of his doorstep campaigning experience. As the only candidate from the major parties to have grown up locally that he believes he will be in a strong position to reach out to new younger voters, many of whom will be voting for the first time.
Speaking following his selection, Mr Mundell said:
"I delighted to have been selected and that local party members were willing to put their trust in me. This is a make-or-break election locally and having played such a big part in the local Better Together Campaign just over a year ago I could not sit back and risk the very real danger that an SNP victory here could be used as a justification for a second referendum."
"Given the collapse in Labour support locally at the General Election, it is clear now that only the Scottish Conservatives and Ruth Davidson can hold the nationalists to account at Holyrood."
"I look forward to getting out and about over the coming weeks and months to make my positive case for becoming our next MSP and to set out my plan for taking Dumfriesshire in a different direction."
Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson welcomed the news, saying:
“As a local organiser for Better Together, Oliver has already shown himself to be a great campaigner who can work with people across the political spectrum.”
“I am delighted he has been selected as the Scottish Conservative candidate here in Dumfriesshire. I look forward to joining him on the campaign trail in next few months as we seek to capture this seat next May."