The Scottish Liberal Democrats have selected their candidate to contest Aberdeenshire West in next years Scottish Parliament elections.
John Waddell was selected in a ballot of Scottish Liberal Democrat members in Aberdeenshire West to contest the Scottish Parliament seat in the Holyrood elections next May.
The former Banchory Primary and Banchory Academy pupil previously contested West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine in the two most recent General Elections on behalf of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.
The seat was previously held by the Scottish Liberal Democrats by Mike Rumbles when it was contested as West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine between 1999 and 2011. Rumbles, who was elected to Holyrood on the North East Regional list in 2016, will stand down from Holyrood next year.
John Waddell said: “I am delighted to be selected to stand for my constituency at this next election.
“Holyrood is where the majority of political decisions are made that effect people’s day to day lives here in Aberdeenshire, and it is those issues and concerns that I will put at the heart of our campaign.
“Recent elections have been absorbed by constitutional questions and referendum results. In this coming election the Scottish Liberal Democrats will put the domestic agenda front and centre, holding both the SNP and the Tories to account for their failing track records.
“I will fight a campaign putting local issues, needs and concerns front and centre, holding the Scottish Government to account for their failings in education, health and local public services.
“This election is a chance to set ourselves apart from the SNP and the Tories as neither party put our local needs or issues first in Holyrood.”