THE son of David Cannan is hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps – by announcing he will stand for election in the Michael constituency.
Mr Cannan senior revealed last month that he was retiring from politics and would not seek re-election after nearly 29 years representing Michael.
Now his businessman son Alf, 43, says he will stand in the constituency in the September general election.
And he insists the decision to stand was all his own.
‘My father has got his own views, some I agree with, some I don’t,’ he said. ‘I’m not sure what his thoughts are on my going into politics. I make my own decisions. I’ve given this careful consideration.’
Mr Cannan jnr lives in Sulby and is married to Bella with three young children aged six, seven and nine.
He said his motivation to stand was driven by a desire to make a difference given the difficult challenges the island currently faces.
He said: ‘I am delighted to offer myself to the residents of Kirk Michael, Ballaugh and Jurby to be their elected representative in the House of Keys and Tynwald.
‘The Isle of Man is facing up to its greatest challenges in over 25 years. It is abundantly clear that the Isle of Man needs firm leadership and a clear strategy to deal with the issues that currently face us.
‘I pledge to work hard for everyone in the constituency, to stand up for local people, and to be a strong voice in Tynwald for their concern.’
Educated at King William’s College and Sandhurst, he was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Wales and saw active service in Northern Ireland. He undertook amphibious training with the US Marine Corps and jungle training with the Malaysian Army during a two-year posting to Hong Kong.
He set up recruitment consultancy Paragon in 2000 which he sold in 2007 and is now director of his own recruitment firm McKenzie Fox.
A keen sportsman, he is a former captain of Ramsey and Vagabonds rugby clubs.
Taxi firm boss Paul Heavey is also standing in Michael.