The SNP branch in Ellon has announced the party’s candidates to contest the Ellon and District ward at the forthcoming local council elections.
Aberdeenshire Council co-leader and current Ellon and District Councillor Richard Thomson – who was first elected in the ward in 2012 – and local community worker Anouk Kloppert, have been selected.
The ward stretches from Ythanbank in the north to Foveran in the south, and includes Ellon, Newburgh and Arnage.
Confirmation of the party’s line-up for the May contest follows the decision by Councillor Rob Merson not to seek re-election.
Councillor Merson, who is currently chair of Formartine Area Committee, will however be continuing in his capacity as senior parliamentary assistant to Banff and Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford.
He said: “It has been a great privilege to have served the people of Ellon and District for the last 10 years.
“However, I am confident that I leave that responsibility in the capable hands of my colleagues, Councillor Richard Thomson, and Anouk Kloppert, who has been selected as a new candidate.”
Councillor Thomson, who lives in Foveran, said: “It’s been a real privilege to represent Ellon and District over the past five years.
“When I first stood for election, it was with no thought to my ever leading the council or taking on all the extra responsibilities which that brings.
“While I’m sorry to see Rob standing down, I know that Anouk would be a very worthy replacement. I look forward to campaigning alongside her in the weeks ahead.”
Ms Kloppert, a mother-of-two who stays in Ythankbank, added: “I’m delighted to have been selected as an SNP candidate for the upcoming local elections.
“As a long-time resident of the area, I’ve always shown a commitment to improving the local environment, helping the vulnerable and building stronger communities.
“I know that Richard and I will make a good team together for Ellon and District, and I look forward to speaking to as many voters as possible between now and election day.”