Hi, I'm Simon Johnson and I'm the Scottish Liberal Democrats candidate standing in Leaderdale and Melrose for election to Scottish Borders Council.
What makes you get involved?
Both of my parents and my maternal grandfather were all councillors and my son is actively involved in Liberal politics. The single issue that triggered my involvement with the Scottish Liberal Democrats was undoubtedly Brexit but I also believe passionately that Scotland should remain in the UK. I am concerned by the gap between rich and poor, the state of our education system and health service and the increasingly polarised nature of our politics, which helps no one.
What are your main areas of focus?
I am passionate about education, the future of our young people and helping them reach their full potential. I care deeply about people and the environment and the importance of local democracy. My mother started her nursing career in 1948, weeks after the birth of the NHS and, along with my father who worked in public health, was involved in the first mass vaccination against Polio. We must all fight to protect the NHS.
And before getting involved in politics?
I studied at the Royal College of Music and worked as a professional musician before moving to the Borders where I have worked as an instrumental music teacher in Leaderdale and Melrose for over thirty years.
And when it's time to relax?
I’ve been a member of Melrose Rugby Club since moving to Lauder in 1989. I love cycling and am a keen organic gardener.