Well-known former assistant head teacher, senior education adviser and local commissioner Paul Craine has announced he will stand as a candidate for Middle in September’s general election.
Mr Craine first entered local politics as a commissioner for Marown in 2007 and served the parish for nine years, five of those years as chairman or vice-Chairman.
He stood for the House of Keys in Middle in the 2011 general election and received well over 500 votes.
He recently published the ‘Isle of Man Population Atlas’.
At the all-island level, Mr Craine sees the economy and population as the issues that really should dominate the election.
He said: ‘The Isle of Man has been through an extraordinarily difficult time. After five years of spending cuts and new forms of taxation we still have an annual deficit of £75m and evidence of population decline. These key issues underlie everything else.
‘We need level-headed people who understand the issues and care about the outcomes. There are going to be some tough decisions to be made.’
He added: ‘I believe that we need MHKs who prioritise good, caring constituency work but, in the island’s current situation, we need MHKs who can offer much more than that. I have a good understanding of both local and national government, and I know that no-one will work harder to represent the people of Middle.’
At the last election, he identified planning as the number one issue for Middle. He said he will make it one of his top priorities to ensure that the Eastern Area Plan meets local needs in Middle.
Mr Craine is married to Ann and they have lived in Middle since 1984 - 16 years in Union Mills and 16 years in Glen Vine. They have two married daughters.