Ex RAF man enters by-election race
A RETIRED RAF serviceman is standing in the Heldon and Laich by-election.
Moray Conservatives have selected Lossie man Pete Bloomfield as their candidate for the Moray Council ward.
The vacancy came following the resignation of Eric McGillivray last month.
Mr Bloomfield said Mr McGillivray would be a hard act to follow, but he said he would look to follow him by always putting the interests of the ward first.
He said: "Living in Lossiemouth I am involved in many local groups in the area and I am keen to work with everyone to get the best results for our communities.
"I want to work as hard for people living on the coast in Lossiemouth, Hopeman and Burghead as I would for those from other parts of the ward such as Alves, Duffus, Miltonduff and Pluscarden and many other areas in this extensive ward.
"I believe my career in the Royal Air Force and my experiences since retiring make me a strong candidate for this seat and I would like to give something back to an area I have been proud to call home for so long."
Pete previously stood for the Conservatives in the 2013 ward by-election.
"Pete is a great local candidate and having stood previously and increased the Conservative share of the vote I am sure he can do well again in this by-election," said chairman of the Moray Conservative and Unionist Association, Douglas Ross.
"Pete is well known in his home town of Lossiemouth with his involvement with the local Highland League football team and bowling club as well as being involved with several other groups and charities. Pete has the determination and dedication for the whole Heldon and Laich area to be a first class councillor and I know he would be a very capable representative for the ward."
The deadline for nominations for the by-election falls at 4pm this afternoon (Monday). Mr Bloomfield is the fourth person to announce his nomination.
The convener of the Green Party in Moray, James MacKessack-Leitch, is a director of a community trust and lives in Alves. Dennis Slater, a retired fishing skipper and chair of the Hopeman Community Association, is standing as an independent candidate. And the SNP candidate is former teacher and educational adviser Joyce O’Hara, of Burghead.