A local businesswoman is set to go head to head with a local television celebrity when voters take to the polls in the Buckie by-election next month.
Sonya Warren has been named as the SNP’s candidate in the poll on March 26, which has been called following the death of independent councillor Joe Mackay.
Heavily involved in local community work, Mrs Warren works in partnership with husband Alan in operating a successful Buckie-based business, Gateway Control Systems, which employs 17 people.
Passionate about the community in which she has lived for 30 years, Sonya served as Secretary of the Millbank Primary School PTA from 1993 until 2004, while she is currently the chair of the Buckie Area Forum.
She is also a member of the Buckie Regeneration Group and the Buckie Harbour Advisory Committee.
Announcing her candidacy for Moray Council she said: “It is an honour to stand as the SNP candidate in the forthcoming Moray Council by-election on 26th March. I am keen to build on my years of experience working for the good of Buckie and I hope you will consider giving me your vote.
“I’m confident that many of my concerns will be the same as yours; school closures, the removal of Principal Teachers posts in schools, local employment, housing, the town centre, and the incompetence of the current Independent-led Moray Council administration.
“My aim is to bring a common sense approach to the work that I do for you and all the residents in Buckie, Portessie and Findochty, to ensure you are well represented and that the Moray Council delivers for you, your family and our community.”
Last week 66-year-old Norman Calder, who recently appeared as a contestant in the BBC’s ‘Great British Bake Off’, revealed that he would be contesting the election as an independent candidate.