Here are our candidates for the Buchan area.

Central Buchan

Anne Simpson

Anne Simpson is a member of Mintlaw & District Community Council, and is presently working with fellow members and the Academy on the litter issue that plagues the village. She is a member of the Banff & Buchan College Board as well as Youth Link Scotland, the national youth work agency. She is also a volunteer with the Book of Deer project during the summer months. She was a former chairperson of Pitfour Primary School PTA and for a number of years she has contributed to the Celebration Lights Committee.

Anne is well known for her energy and enthusiasm, and desire to work with local people and communities for positive change so that everyone has better life chances and choices. She is delighted to be a candidate for Central Buchan that includes the villages of Auchnagatt, Clola, Fetterangus, Longside, Maud, Mintlaw, New Deer, New Leeds, New Pitsligo, Old Deer, Strichen, and Stuartfield. She believes she is well placed to serve the many villages and rural communities that make up Central Buchan and to contribute to making this area such a great place to live and work.

Anne says: “Aberdeenshire Council is recognised in independent surveys as one of the best in Scotland. Having worked inside the Council for many years I know that the current Lib Dem led administration has had much to do with this success and served our communities throughout Aberdeenshire well since local government reorganisation. I would like to contribute to retaining that position on the delivery of service despite the current difficult financial times for local government. I have particular ambitions for the Buchan Area that in my view may have benefited less from the vibrant economy of the Northeast than the towns that are nearer to Aberdeen. I believe there is a strong community identity in the area which could be harnessed in partnership with the Council and other agencies to develop alternative approaches to service delivery and to improve the quality of life. I hope to do that by being part of a strong team Lib Dem team within the new Council”.

Anne retired last year and is still as passionate about lifelong learning, strong communities, youth work and young people now as she was in her twenties. Her other interests include family (in particular her wonderful grandchild), travel, gardening, church, cooking, reading, walking, history, family history, photography, music, and the internet, and of course politics!

Peterhead North & Rattray

Graham Smith

Graham Smith is the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for the Peterhead North and Rattray ward of Aberdeenshire Council in the forthcoming local elections on May 3rd. Graham is delighted to be a local candidate for Peterhead North and the surrounding villages of St Fergus, Crimond, Lonmay and St Combs. Born and brought up in Buchan, Graham has lived locally all of his life and has strong family connections in the area.

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.”

In November of last year, Graham graduated with a Master of Research in Political Science from the University of Aberdeen, specialising in reform of government. Whilst studying for his Masters degree, Graham taught first year Politics classes during his final year at University. Prior to this, Graham graduated with an Honours degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Aberdeen.

Graham’s campaign priorities for Peterhead and the surrounding villages of St Fergus, Crimond, Lonmay and St Combs are:

  • campaign for better services for young residents in Peterhead North and Rattray
  • work to make Aberdeenshire the educational leader of Scotland
  • fight for the continued regeneration of Peterhead town centre
  • call on the council to lease empty properties in the area
  • push for disused spaces to be transformed for community use
  • fight to ensure a fairer deal for senior citizens

Graham believes his local background, educational experiences and record of campaigning will equip him to make sure Peterhead North and Rattray is better represented in Aberdeenshire Council after May 3rd.

Peterhead South

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