Aberdeen Council Elections: The Candidates

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Name: John Cooke

Party: SNP

Age: 57

Home: Rosemount

Job: Small business owner

Previous political experience: Convener and ex-treasurer, SNP Aberdeen Central Branch. Worked as House of Commons researcher.

Key issue: Ensuring we run the council efficiently to get the best value for public money, and avoiding politics for politics’ sake.

Best quality: I’m a good listener, or so I’m told.

Worst quality: I have acute ‘Did I lock the car/front door?’ OCD.

Name: Martin Greig

Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats

Age: 53

Home: Craigiebuckler

Job: Councillor/training as Church of Scotland reader.

Previous political experience: Member and chairman of Ashley and Broomhill Community Council.

Key Issue: The key issue for me is to ensure local residents are represented effectively.

Best quality: A sense of justice because every single individual should be heard and deserves respect.

Worst quality: Sometimes it can be a challenge to accept answers I have been given which are insufficient in helping me to resolve constituents’ complaints and concerns.

Name: Claire Imrie

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Age: 40

Home: Whitehall Road, Aberdeen.

Job: Mother, wife and business owner.

Previous political experience: General interest in local politics and local community.

Key Issue: Representing all in the ward and working hard to solve local concerns.

Best quality: Organisation skills and accomplishing challenges.

Worst quality: Can be impatient.

Name: John McLeod

Party: Aberdeen Labour

Age: 67

Home: Oakdale Terrace, Aberdeen

Job: Retired solicitor

Previous political experience: Have stood twice previously as a local candidate and held various positions within the party.

Key issue: Education

Best quality: Ability to get things done.

Worst quality: Impatient to get things done.

Name: Steve Robertson

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Age: 64

Home: Viewfield Crescent

Job: Business owner – property consultancy and management services.

Previous political experience: I have many years of experience working as a volunteer for the party and have served in various positions, both locally and nationally. Currently North-east regional chairman.

Key issue: Representing the interests and concerns of local people.

Best quality: Common sense and strategic thinking.

Worst quality: Lack of patience at times.

Name: Jennifer Stewart

Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats

Age: 53

Home: Midstocket

Job: Councillor and part-time at Somebody Cares.

Previous political experience: Ten years as a local councillor. Local community campaigner before election as a councillor.

Key issue: The community is at the heart of who I serve. Being a robust voice for the public at council with a tenacious approach to getting the best result for local people.

Best quality: Honest and trustworthy – what you see is what you get. Believes in justice.

Worst quality: Some say I never stop.