Residents and political parties in the Troup ward of Aberdeenshire Council are getting ready for next month’s by-election battle.
The date for the council by-election has been set for Thursday, November 27, to replace Councillor John Duncan, who died last month.
Councillor Duncan - who had represented the Troup ward since 2002 - died suddenly when he was on his way home from a council committee meeting.
Following his death, tributes to Councillor Duncan poured in from his colleagues.
Although none of the main political parties have formally put forward their candidate for the contest, preparations are already well underway.
A number of prospective SNP candidates have put themselves forward, each of whom will now go through the due process of selection and vetting.
Should the SNP win the upcoming by-election this would increase the number of councillors in the SNP group, which is already the largest party within Aberdeenshire Council, and further reduce the number of councillors in the alliance of Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Independent and Labour councillors which currently runs the local authority.
A candidate for the Conservative Party is also expected to be selected in due course and a number of independent candidates may yet through their hats into the ring.
Commenting, Troup councillor Hamish Partridge said: “With the work the SNP has done over the years in Banff and Buchan I hope we will have a good chance of getting another SNP councillor elected in the ward.”
The by-election will take place on Thursday, November 27, and the count will take place the following day in Macduff Town Hall.