Buckie’s newest councillor last night credited her win to her active role in the community.
Local businesswoman and mother-of-three Sonya Warren said she decided to stand for election because she was “passionate” about the town’s best interests, and vowed to fight for what mattered most to the community.
She said: “I fought this election in Buckie because I am passionate about my community, and I will be a strong advocate for Buckie in Moray’s Council chamber, by fighting to protect our schools, that supports our local town centre and investing in key assets like Buckie Harbour.
“I thank the voters of Buckie ward for their huge support in this election and the many people who helped me throughout my campaign.
“The hard work of the campaign is now over and the hard work as a Buckie councillor begins.”
Mrs Warren beat rivals Norman Caldwell, who was standing as an independent, and Conservative candidate Tim Eagle, after securing 1,485 votes.
Mr Eagle congratulated her on her win, and said: “This is an excellent result for the SNP and their vote share was substantial. I congratulate Sonya on becoming the new councillor for Buckie, and I thoroughly enjoyed the election campaign and was delighted to get out and about around the area speaking with local people and listening to their concerns.”