SNP Select Their Candidates

By bellmannews / March 29, 2022

From Alex Howie election agent –

The SNP have announced that Dennis Robertson and Dawn Black are to be their candidates in the upcoming Local Government Election on 5th May. The SNP are standing two candidates in the 4-member ward of Stonehaven and Lower Deeside and one, Kevin Stelfox, candidate in the Mearns.

Current councillor Dennis Robertson has been selected to contest the election once again, and is looking forward to the opportunity to represent those living throughout the ward.

During the last five years, he has sat on the Integrated Joint Board, working with Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian on the strategic direction of health and social care in the region. He also sits on the business services and licensing sub-committee. Dennis was previously an MSP for the Aberdeenshire West constituency between 2011 and 2016.

Dennis has a background in social work and management and this experience has informed much of the work he has done in public service. He is registered blind and is very ably assisted in his day-to-day work by his guide dog, Murphy.

Dennis is a well-known figure, with huge commitment and energy to work on behalf of people of his community.

Dennis Robertson

Dennis said: “If re-elected, I’ll continue to stand up for better health and well-being in the community, as we recover after COVID. We must protect, develop, and make more accessible both our community leisure facilities and the available green spaces. We are fortunate to have easy access to good outdoor space, but this can be improved to provide places for people to exercise, rest and meet.

I want to support local business by ensuring that there is good infrastructure and transport links. This will encourage visitors into our communities, visiting our attractions and spending money locally. In turn, we will encourage future investment and allow our towns to thrive into the future.

Communities can trust that I’ll do my absolute best to be their voice and to improve each area of Stonehaven and Lower Deeside.

Dawn Black

Dawn Black spent her teenage years living in Muchalls, and is a former pupil of Mackie Academy. After completing further education, she spent some time living abroad before returning to Stonehaven 5 years ago. She is a driving instructor in the town, and takes a very active role in the community.  She is a member of the local community council as well as a committee member of the Stonehaven Business Association.

Dawn has already made her mark in a number of community projects, including setting up the “Stunning Stonehaven” website, and the Market Square community garden. Dawn is incredibly enthusiastic about her community and is willing to put all her energy into making the community as good as it can be for us all.

Dawn said: “I am delighted to be selected to stand for the SNP in Stonehaven and Lower Deeside. This is my home. It’s where I’m raising my family, and I want the best for our communities and the people that live in them.

”Recent events have taught us that we need to be better prepared for severe weather events. I want to ensure that there is a comprehensive local resiliance plan in place so that we are better prepared for future events. This needs to ensure that all organisations and resources are clearly coordinated, with a special focus on identifying and supporting vulnerable people.

As a mum, I know that young people need safe places to go and socialise and be themselves, as a better alternative to streets and parks. I am committed to creating a modern-day youth club, jointly run by adults and young people, and am working with others with similar ideas in other towns.

We really need to do the basics better, whether it be roads in an acceptable condition or maintaining sufficient green space. We must invest in our communities and our people going forward. We have to listen and focus on what’s important to them and grasp any opportunities for change.”

Standing in the Mearns ward is local resident Kevin Stelfox.

Kevin Stelfox has lived in the Stonehaven and Mearns area for over 10 years with his family. He works at Aberdeen University as a researcher in health services, working in both epidemiology and medicine. 

Kevin brings a significant amount of experience in social work, education and social care.  He is a community spirited individual who is keen to ‘roll his sleeves up’ and work to the benefit of our community.

Kevin is campaigning on improved infrastructure, active travel, maintaining community facilities for the good of the Mearns residents and regenerating our towns and villages.

Kevin Stelfox

Voters can contact Dennis, Dawn and Kevin via these contact details:

Email: dennisrobertson.snp@proudscot.net; Facebook: @dennis.robertson.5686

Email: dawnsblack@yahoo.co.uk; Facebook: @dawnblacksnp

Email:kstelfox@phonecoop.coop

Local elections are carried out using the Single Transferrable Vote system, that allows voters to select candidates in order of preference rather than by marking an X next to one candidate.

The Bellman takes no political stance and will be delighted to post an announcement from any other candidates in the forthcoming local government elections.