The SNP has named the man they expect to win the Denny and Banknock by-election.
Radio engineer Paul Garner is their pick to hold the seat on Falkirk Council vacated by John McNally after his success at the General Election in May.
Mr Garner, a 47-year-old father of one, joined the Nationalists as the independence referendum campaign gained momentum and was appointed organiser of the Denny area ahead of the vote that saw Mr McNally sent to Westminster as MP for Falkirk with a near 20,000 majority.
Despite that stunning victory at the ballot box, the candidate insists he will be taking nothing for granted ahead on the local poll on August 13.
He said: “It is an honour to be selected by the SNP in Denny and Banknock to try and follow in the footsteps of Johnny. It’s also a daunting task, but I’m relishing the challenge.
“As a member of Falkirk Council, Johnny was a tireless fighter for local issues, but even after his astonishing Westminster success there is no room for complacency.
“We are hungry for more success and over the next five weeks I will be working night and day to ensure the message goes out that only the SNP has the interests of the Denny and Banknock areas at heart and the current Labour/Tory administration has nothing to offer but cuts in services and neglect.”
Mr McNally said: “I’ll be working every spare minute for another SNP victory.”