The deputy leader of the SNP group at Aberdeen City Council today announced he won’t be standing for re-election in May.
Graham Dickson was first elected in 2012 to represent Torry and Ferryhill and is also the group’s finance spokesman.
Councillor Dickson got married last year, and now plans to emigrate overseas with his wife and start a new career.
He said: “Now is the right time for me to announce that I will not be seeking re-election in the coming months.
“It has been a great honour to represent the communities of Torry and Ferryhill and I know that there will be some very good candidates coming forward who will represent these communities exceptionally.
“While the chance to win re-election and serve the people of Aberdeen for a further four years is very tempting, I would like to seek other opportunities abroad and find new and exciting challenges elsewhere.
“There are a great number of things that I would like to achieve in my life so I am going off to do them, starting with some extensive travel and then moving overseas where immersing myself in foreign languages will further build on the foreign language skills in French and Russian that I have already acquired through my studies and experiences.
“I will be seeking to use the skills and experience I have gained in Aberdeen to take on a new career, I am looking to take on some big challenges and really push myself and my talents.
“I hope to hear of Aberdeen making progress over the years – including the city embracing a more sustainable and diverse economy making the city more robust against the movements in the price of oil.
“I know that I am leaving behind a strong SNP Group along with new highly talented local candidates seeking election in May, I am certain, if they are all elected, that Aberdeen will be in safe hands.”