SNP members in Central Buchan have selected local man Len Pirie and Mintlaw resident Jim Ingram to contest the council elections on May 3.
Current SNP councillor Sandy Stronach is retiring and with other sitting councillors in the Ward also stepping down coupled with the excellent result achieved in Central Buchan by the SNP at the 2011 and 2010 Parliamentary elections, mean that the Party will be challenging for two of the four seats.
Jim, who lives with his wife Irene in Mintlaw, recently retired from his post as a senior official with Aberdeen City Council after 17 years of service.
Jim also served as a councillor on the former Grampian Regional Council and Banff & Buchan District Council during the 1980s and has a wealth of experience in local government.
Commenting on his selection, Jim Ingram said: “Having lived in Mintlaw for the last 35 years, I know what makes this area tick. I want to work together with residents and the local SNP team to make sure that Mintlaw gets the best deal it possibly can.”
Local man Len Pirie has also been selected as the second SNP candidate to contest the Central Buchan ward. Having previously served as Chair of the Strichen Community Council and having held various roles in the Young Farmers’ Club, Len is acutely aware of the issues that face rural communities in Buchan.
Len Pirie added: “Farming a local holding, I know the issues we face and if elected, I will be a strong voice for this area on Aberdeenshire Council.
“SNP-controlled councils will work in partnership with the Scottish Government, combining local and national leadership to deliver the best for our communities, working together in the interests of the people of Scotland.”
Welcoming Jim Ingram and Len Pirie to the SNP team, local MP Eilidh Whiteford said: “I’m delighted to support Jim Ingram and Len Pirie in their campaign to serve the residents of Central Buchan as their new councillors.
“Both Jim and Len possess the attributes of a good local councillor: commitment, enthusiasm and a hard-work ethic and I look forward to campaigning with them on the doorsteps.”