Mon 13 May, 2013

The Aberdeen branch of the Scottish Green Party has selected local campaigner Rhonda Reekie as its candidate to contest the Aberdeen Donside Scottish Parliament by-election.

Rhonda Reekie lives at the heart of the Aberdeen Donside constituency, in Bucksburn. An active member of the local community, Rhonda is on Bucksburn and Newhills Community Council and the Beacon Community Centre management team. Rhonda is involved in several local environmental initiatives, including the creation of a community herb garden, looking after the Old Meldrum Road flower beds and a woodland project at Sclattie Woods in co-operation with Bucksburn Academy.

Born in Lanarkshire, Rhonda, 47, moved to Aberdeen aged 11. She attended Bridge of Don Academy and went on to study molecular and cell biology at Aberdeen University. Married to Andrew, she and her husband have lived in Bucksburn for the past 13 years. Rhonda lists her hobbies as gardening, community work, reading and cookery. She works as a freight forwarding manager for a company in Aberdeen.

Rhonda is an active political campaigner; for example, she was heavily involved in the successful campaign to save Union Terrace Gardens.

Rhonda has been a member of the Scottish Green Party for ten years and has previously stood as a Green candidate in council, Holyrood and Westminster elections. She is also a member of Amnesty, the League Against Cruel Sports and Friends of the Earth. Rhonda is pro-independence.

Rhonda Reekie said, "The Green Party will be putting forward a positive message for Aberdeen Donside. We want to protect and improve the local environment. We see energy conservation and renewable energy projects, for example the wind turbine test centre in Aberdeen bay, as a route to new and sustainable jobs for the North-east. We want better public transport across the City, including improvements to the train service in and out of Aberdeen and additional stations. We will campaign for a fairer society - for example, by opposing the 'Bedroom Tax'."

Patrick Harvie MSP, co-leader of the Scottish Green Party, said: "I am delighted Rhonda is standing in the Aberdeen Donside by-election."

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