SEVEN candidates, including three Independents, will contest the Forfar and District Ward at the Angus Council elections in May.
When the door closed for nominations last Thursday, it was revealed that sitting Independent Colin Brown would be joined in the race for the four Forfar seats by brother Charlie Brown, a former Angus Council officer, and local hairdresser Ian McLaren.
The Scottish National Party is fielding two candidates in the Forfar ward – sitting councillor Glennis Middleton and Lynne Devine.
John Rymer is bidding to be re-elected as a Scottish Conservative & Unionist, with Avril Simpson standing as a Scottish Liberal Democrat.
In nearby Kirriemuir and Dean, four candidates will be vying for the three available seats on the local authority.
Husband and wife, Iain and Jeanette Gaul, are representing the Scottish Natioonal Party, with former Kirriemuir Community Council chairman Ronnie Proctor taking over the Scottish Conservative & Unionist challenge from Ian Mackintosh.
Alison Andrews will be bidding for a second successive term as a Scottish Liberal Democrat representing Kirriemuir & Dean.
The electorate in the Letham area have eight candidates to choose from in Arbroath West and Letham Ward, with four seats up for grabs.
The SNP challenge will be led by Alex King and Ewan Smith, with local farmer David Lumgair again representing the Scottish Conservative & Unionists.
Alec Mollison carries the Labour ticket, with Kevin Barthorpe representing the Scottish Liberal Democrats.
There are also three Independents – David Fairweather, Peter Nield and Ian Watson.
With the countdown to the election now well underway residents of Angus are being reminded to make sure they can take part in the voting process on Thursday, May 3 by registering to vote.
The Electoral Registration Officer in Angus said: “You must be on the electoral register to have your say on who sits on your council.
“If you have recently moved to the area, or moved house it is important to make sure that you register at your new address, otherwise you won’t be able to vote.
“It only takes a few minutes to complete a registration form but you must make sure we receive it by Wednesday, April 18.”
Registration forms are available by calling 01307 462416 or you can print a form from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
For a full list of the candidates contesting the eight wards in the 2012 Angus Council election turn to page 18.