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By Charles Fletcher
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Councillor Jackie is the best!

ONE of the region’s elected members has won a national award for being the best New Councillor of the Year.

Councillor Jackie McCamon, who was elected in 2020, scooped the honour in a glitzy Glasgow gig.

She told the Courier she is “so very honoured to receive the award”, adding: “I’m absolutely elated to have won.

“It’s a great privilege to represent the people of Wigtownshire, my home, and I hope I can continue to do so for a long time to come.”

Only a month after her Mid Galloway and Wigtown West by-election win in January 2020, Jackie learned she was expecting her second child.

That left her, like many women, having to juggle even more with family life and a full-time job.

Her tip for success doing that? “Don’t be too hard on yourself, take lots of coffee and use a good old fashioned hand written diary!

“Technology is great but the battery in my diary never dies.”

She won the award, organised by the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) for her” enthusiastic representation of her constituents and for driving forward community agendas”.

Bailie McCamon was also praised for her “courage and determination” in improving flood prevention in the region.

She said she was most proud of one of her campaign pledges: “During my campaign, one of my pledges was to get Mid Galloway and Wigtown West more recognition and greater investment where possible.

“And back in June this year, I called for Whithorn to be added to the Borderlands Growth Deal and was successful!”

Councillor McCamon is already planning to stand again at next year’s council elections.

She said running for the council was one the best things she has ever done: “I have really enjoyed my short time as an elected member so far and I really would love to privilege of continuing in the role,” she said, adding she would encourage more women to run.

“Fresh ideas are needed across most local authorities in my opinion and the younger generation provide just that. I am sure even the most experienced councillor would agree with that.

“I also feel that women often see things from a completely different angle on certain topics and in my experience that has been a positive in the role.”

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