A Cluny, Midmar and Monymusk Community Council election will take place for three positions in the Midmar Parish this month.
The local community has nominated four prospective Midmar community councillors but there are only three places available.
For Cluny and Monymusk the number of nominations are equal to, or less than, the positions available, therefore an election is not required.
The election for Midmar will take place in Midmar Hall between 6-8pm on Thursday, January 22.
Community councils represent the views, and act on behalf, of local communities and are a crucial element in the democratic process. They can campaign for local issues at both a regional and national level.
At a local level, responsibilities can include responding to planning applications, organising local galas, setting up lunch clubs for elderly residents, and printing and distributing local newsletters.
Garioch Area Manager, Doug Milne, said: “Community councillors can be your first point of contact when it comes to issues that matter in your area and provide another route for local views to feed in to the work of Aberdeenshire Council.
“I would urge people who live in the Midmar area and who are interested in what happens in their area to engage with the democratic process, and to come along to the community council election and vote.”
For more information about Cluny, Midmar and Monymusk Community Council, including meeting minutes, see its website.
For more information on community councils, see the website.