Labour candidate David Collett has spoken of his poignant decision to run for the Tyldesley seat which his father Eddie held.
The 26-year-old nurse said his family supported his bid to represent the ward.
He said: “Watching my dad and seeing what he achieved is what spurred me on to stand. He didn’t want me to copy him, but he has given me the tools.
“It is poignant because he died so suddenly, but I feel this was my dad’s seat and there has to be a Collett in it.
“When I have been knocking on doors in the ward, a lot of people have said they knew him. He set the bar high and whoever takes the seat needs to make sure they achieve the same standard.
“All my family are really supportive and it has given us something to be positive about after the loss of dad.”
It is poignant because he died so suddenly, but I feel this was my dad’s seat and there has to be a Collett in it
Eddie died on July 25 after suffering from cancer.
The other candidates are Moira Graham (Conservative), Paul Hindley (Liberal Democrat), and Kim Knight (UKIP).