SNP choose candidate for Shire East seat
The SNP have chosen their candidate to contest the Aberdeenshire East seat at next year’s Scottish Parliament elections.
Gillian Martin, from Newmachar, was endorsed at a full constituency meeting in Ellon on Friday night.
The 46-year-old mother-of-two will bid to succeed Alex Salmond in May’s election.
Mr Salmond is standing down after being elected to Westminster at the general election.
She said: “I am delighted to be nominated for candidacy in the place where I grew up and where I am bringing up my own family.
“For the last 15 years I have worked as a lecturer and I also run my own business producing training and information materials for the energy sector.
“As a founder for Women for Independence in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, I have seen first-hand how people have become more politically active all over this region.
“Our political landscape was transformed during the referendum and the entire Scottish electorate is now one of the most engaged in Western Europe with so many people finding their political voice.”
Mrs Martin added: “I hope to add my own voice to our group in Holyrood and do justice to the area which has been so well served by Alex Salmond for so many years.
“Luckily I will have the benefit of his experience close by as he serves the Gordon constituency for Westminster, as well as that of my other SNP colleagues in the North-east.”
Mr Salmond welcomed her selection.
He said: “She played a key part in my local campaign team in winning the Gordon constituency for the SNP and was a leading light in the Women for Independence movement nationally.
“It is great to have the chance to select such a highly talented and local woman candidate for Aberdeenshire East.”
Mrs Martin lives in Newmachar with husband John, a teacher, and their two children.
She grew up in Newburgh and attended Ellon Academy before going on to study at the University of Glasgow.
Mrs Martin has been a lecturer at North East Scotland College for 15 years.