FOUR candidates will contest next month’s Buckie by-election.
The vacancy in the three-member ward has been caused by the resignation of Independent Anne McKay who stood down in November for personal reasons.
She had been a councillor for six-and-a-half years.
Nominations closed at 4pm today.
The candidates are - Gordon Cowie (Independent), Margaret Gambles (Scottish Conservative and Unionist), Marc Macrae (Independent) and Linda McDonald (SNP).
The by-election will take place on Thursday, January 30 with the count being held in the Fishermen’s Hall in Buckie the following day.