Here are our candidates for the Marr area.

Huntly Strathbogie
& Howe of Alford

Alastair Ross

I have been privileged to represent Huntly, Strathbogie and the Howe of Alford for the past five years, listening to and helping constituents with their wide range of concerns.

Flooding has been an important issue in both Huntly and Alford. Getting something done is a high priority and I will continue to push forward work that helps protect your homes.

Securing the replacement of the Montgarrie Bridge is an achievement I am proud of. In 2007 Richard Stroud and I campaigned for a new bridge. We pressed hard for capital funding and worked with colleagues to build support for the project which had to compete with other priorities elsewhere. We won the debate and delivered the new bridge securing the primary river crossing in the Alford area.

We need a vibrant economy so I will continue to support local developments that bring jobs and wealth closer to our community. Small businesses including farming and tourism play a vital role sustaining and invigorating rural life. I will continue to support opportunities for them to thrive and expand.

I am actively involved in a variety of charities as a director of Huntly Mental Health, a member of the Huntly Development Trust, and currently chair of Advocacy Service Aberdeen.

Local government is all about delivering essential services that meet the needs of local people. Decisions should be taken in public and should reflect the aspirations of local people. That’s why being local and listening to you are so important.

I promise to work vigorously for the whole area, to defend, protect, and advance your interests.

Aboyne, Upper Deeside
& Donside
Rosemary Bruce

I live in the ward in Torphins with my husband, Malcolm and our three children. In addition to my role as a councillor, I work part time as an office manager, but I have previously worked in both financial training and hotel management. As a mother of young children who attend our local schools, I have a strong commitment to health and education.

I am well aware of the issues facing local people and I’m particularly interested in education, transport, local business and the environment. Since being elected as your local councillor in the by-election in 2009 I have worked hard on council committees and have attended many of our local groups and organisations such as community councils, school councils and other community groups to help and advise.

It is a huge privilege to represent and work with the residents and groups in my local community, and to help them achieve their goals.

If re-elected I am committed to promoting economic development for our area, continuning to invest in our local infrastructure and getting the best level of council services possible.

Peter Argyle

I am delighted to be standing for the Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside ward once again, some 800 square miles of the best that Aberdeenshire can offer. I was first elected to the former Aboyne and Glen Tanar ward in 1999 and so have a depth of experience built up over 13 years of helping people and community groups. I am totally committed to the ward, to the communities and people within it.

I am proud of our track record over these years, in particular through the difficult economic times since 2009. We have met almost all of the commitments we made in 2007, proving that we can be trusted to deliver for local communities in Aberdeenshire.

I have always promised to work hard for all the people in my ward, to respond to concerns raised with me and to find answers to the problems people face. I give that same commitment again; if re-elected on May 3rd, I will work hard for all of the people in the ward and will, to the best of my ability, ensure that Aberdeenshire Council continues to provide the best possible services for all, based firmly on principles of fairness and according to need.

This is a very special part of Aberdeenshire. Working together we can ensure that it remains so.

Banchory &
Mid Deeside
Karen Clark

I have represented Banchory and Mid Deeside as the local Liberal Democrat councillor since 2007. This ward is a very special place to live and being a resident of Banchory itself with my two children having attended the local primary and secondary schools, I care very much about its future and issues such as maintaining the high quality of education we have in all our local schools. My priorities have been road safety and environmental improvements and as a founder member of the Banchory Bags Campaign and Bonnie Banchory, I am determined to carry on that good work enhancing our town. One of the biggest challenges is the lack of decent leisure facilities in Banchory for a growing population and this will be my number one priority if re-elected.

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