Dave Dempsey credits local newspapers in leading him into a career of politics.
Putting pen to paper and airing his views on local issues that mattered to him, he wrote numerous letters to publications in Fife, grabbing the attention of many Conservative party members in the process.
He was approached to join the party soon afterwards.
And now he is contesting the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath seat in the General Election.
Dave said: “My letters had started to be noticed by the party namely by Stuart Randall, and he got in contact and asked me to consider joining the party and that was that, really.”
The 64-year-old councillor for Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay and Aberdour, and leader of Fife Council’s Conservative Group, was born and raised in Kirkcaldy before moving to North Queensferry later in life.
I want to help ensure that the economic recovery begun by the present UK Government continues and, crucially, that this part of Fife sees the maximum benefit from thatDave Dempsey
When the announcement came of Gordon Brown stepping down from the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath seat, Dave knew the time was right to put his name forward for a chance to win the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath seat in May.
“I decided myself that I wanted a chance to take over from where Gordon Brown left off,” Dave said.
“I’ve stood before and knew what was involved and my work as a Councillor for the past eight years has given me a lot of experience in dealing with members of the public and any issues that they might have.
“I’ve come to understand what’s possible and what’s not.”
Dave has been out and about meeting voters in Fife and keeping a steady pace to his election campaign over the last few weeks.
“I’ve been quite low-key in terms of canvassing for the General Election.
“But I have been out meeting the local people and discussing any issues that they have. It’s important to meet with people in the area so they know who you are and what you are about.”
If elected, Dave already has an idea what he would look at first in terms of change.
“I would look at public finances as the first thing,” he said.
“A Conservative-led government would aim to try and fix the budget issues although we haven’t done so as quickly as we would have liked in the past, it is something that we are working on and will continue to do so until the problem is resolved.
“I want to help ensure that the economic recovery begun by the present UK Government continues and, crucially, that this part of Fife sees the maximum benefit from that.”
Campaigning is something that Dave does alongside his duties as a councillor and the more people that he meets the more encouraged he feels.
“Meeting with people - supporters or otherwise - is what an election campaign is all about. I’ve had positive feedback from those that I’ve met with.
“I think that a government with a Fifer in it can only be good thing!” Dave added.