MINTLAW man Graham Smith has been formally selected as the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for the Peterhead North and Rattray ward of Aberdeenshire Council in the forthcoming local elections on May 3rd.
Born and brought up in Buchan, Graham has lived locally all of his life and has strong family connections in the area.
He said he was Graham is delighted to be a local candidate for Peterhead North and the surrounding villages of St Fergus, Crimond, Lonmay and St Combs.
Graham commented: “I am thrilled to be chosen as the Lib Dem candidate for Peterhead North and Rattray, and I’m excited about leading a robust and positive campaign. I’m particularly looking forward to meeting with local residents, listening to their concerns and acting on them.
“As a relatively young council candidate, I would love to devote much of my time pushing for better facilities, services and opportunities for the younger residents of Peterhead and the surrounding area.
“Even before I graduated from university I knew I wanted to stay in the local area and contribute to its development because this is where my roots are. I think there should be improved opportunities for people in our towns and villages as well as our big cities.
“I’m also aware that people in Peterhead and nearby villages of St Fergus, Crimond, Lonmay and St Combs are worried about businesses closing down and properties being boarded up with nothing to replace them.
“I would like to see the council being more pro-active in leasing empty property, something that could help the local economy. I hope to see some real, positive change in Peterhead over the next few years.
“I want the regeneration of the town centre to continue – and for the council to work more closely with local folk. We mustn’t forget the surrounding rural villages in the ward either and I will be visiting them all during the campaign to gain a better understanding of their particular concerns.”