Final list of council candidates revealed

A FINAL list of candidates standing in the forthcoming Aberdeenshire Council elections on May have been released.

In Central Buchan (Ward 4) the candidates hoping for election are as follows:

Edie Chapman (Scottish Conservative and Unionist), Carol Donald (Scottish Labour Party), Jim Ingram (Scottish National Party), Hugh Livingstone (Independent), Lenny Pirie (SNP), David Ross (Independent), Anne Simpson (Scottish Liberal Democrats), Norman Smith (Independent)

In Peterhead North & Rattray (Ward 5) the candidates are:

Anne Allan (SNP), Alan Buchan (Independent), Stephen Calder (Independent), Michael Doig (SNP), Sheena Drunsfield (Independent), Alan Gardiner (Independent), Fiona McRae (SNP), Thomas Phillips ( Scottish Labour Party), Graeme Smith (Scottish Liberal Democrats).

In Peterhead South & Cruden (Ward 6) the candidates are:

Sam Coull (Independent), Tom Malone (Independent), Steve Owen (Scottish Conservative and Unionist), Stuart Pratt (SNP), Stephen Smith (SNP), Peter Stevenson (Independent).

The Buchan Observer wants to play a lead role in presenting the views, achievements and hopes of all candidates in the weeks running up to May 3rd.

To that end we are inviting ALL candidates to submit a 150-word personal profile and a 300-word policy statement which will appear in the appropriate titles during April. We would hope sitting councillors will provide an honest breakdown of their achievements over the last five years in office.

Please note the Buchan Observer will not be posting out letters offering this invitation.

Given the volume of candidates this material will be run on consecutive weeks starting on Tuesday, April 10. The schedule will be as follows:

April 10 – Central Buchan

April 17 – Peterhead North & Rattray

April 24 – Peterhead South and Cruden

To enable us to compile pages, material for candidates in each ward must be submitted no later than 12noon on the Wednesday prior to publication.

During the week prior to voting we will provide an open forum in the newspaper for candidates to comment on their opponents’ policy statements/achievements/aspirations, but please note this will be subject to space restrictions. Therefore ALL copy for the May 1 edition must be with us via email to news@buchanobserver.com no later than 12noon on Thursday, April 26.

We trust the following few weeks in the Buchan Observer will provide you with an excellent platform to share your vision for the future of Buchan and remind the electorate what has been achieved during the past five years.

Ken Duncan

Editor

Buchan Observer