TWO well-known Gourock figures are teaming up as 'running mates' ahead of next month's Inverclyde Council election.
Long-serving councillor Ronnie Ahlfeld, who is looking to regain his seat on May 4, has endorsed fellow independent candidate Lynne Quinn.
The pair are hoping to claim two of the three places up for grabs in ward five - Inverclyde west.
Mr Ahlfeld says he has been impressed by Mrs Quinn's work over the last five years with Gourock Community Council, including as secretary for the last three.
He told the Tele: "Lynne has an excellent track record working on community projects and I have worked with her on numerous initiatives over the last few years.
"She really has delivered for the town.
"Lynne approached me some time ago and asked if I would support her candidacy if she decided to stand in the local elections.
"Given that we both believe that local elections are about local issues not national politics, I am pleased to support Lynne.
"She is very much her own person.
"I am convinced that two independent councillors in Gourock would give us a mandate to really push on and continue to work to develop the town and support the people.
"If we are both fortunate enough to be elected I am certain we can do this."
The community activist announced her candidacy three weeks ago and spoke of her admiration for Mr Ahlfeld and what he has done for the town without being affiliated with a political party.
Mrs Quinn said: "As an independent you don't have the backing of any party so it's a big step being on your own and it's great to have someone like Ronnie with experience and a proven track record on your side.
"He's a nice person as well.
"We have a good working relationship and I can see that going from strength to strength.
"We're also going for equality as we're the only campaign team that's 50-50 male and female.
"People have got a preference vote in this election and can vote for more than one person, for example first preference and second preference."