Gordon Tories re-select Owen

Standing again: Cllr Gillian Owen has been reselected by local Conservatives to stand in Ellon & District at next year's local elections
Standing again: Cllr Gillian Owen has been reselected by local Conservatives to stand in Ellon & District at next year's local elections

Ellon and District Councillor Gillian Owen has been re-selected by her local party to stand as the Scottish Conservative candidate in Ellon and District at next May’s local government elections.

Cllr Owen, who was elected to Aberdeenshire Council for the first time in May 2007, received the go-ahead from local party members to carry the Conservative banner once more at a meeting of Gordon Conservaties on Thursday, October 6.

President of the Gordon Conservatives and local farmer Leonard Garland offered his personal endorsement to Councillor Owen, and said that she had done excellent work for the area over the years she has served as a councillor.

“Gillian has been a real tonic for Ellon and the surrounding villages”, he said. “We are delighted to support her and work to secure her re-election, she works hard for our local communities.”

Afterwards, Cllr Owen spoke of her pleasure at securing her party’s nomination.

“I am delighted that my Party has asked me to stand again - but also pleased to be able to put my case to the people of the Ward and ask for their continued support to represent them”, she said. “Politics is all about people, and the issues that matter to them, I hope that over the last four years I have fought for the residents of Ellon, Newburgh, Foveran, Ythanbank and the many other small communities.

She added that she is currently undertaking a local consultation on what people in Ellon and District want in the ward, with residents being asked to participate in a short survey.

“I am currently asking local residents their views on our future in my 60 second survey. This is their opportunity to help shape our communities in the years ahead. These are being delivered over the autumn, but if you have been missed please find one online at:

www.gillianowen.yourcllr.com, as well as other information on local activities.

“My short-term goal is to find out what people want; my long-term goal is to be re-elected! I enjoy being a councillor, and representing Ellon and District.”

The Ellon and District ward elects four councillors by means of the single transferable vote. Presently, in addition to Councillor Owen for the Conservatives, the ward is represented by one SNP councillor, one Liberal Democrat and one member of the Democratic Independent Group.