A Highland Council press statement reads:
"Following the resignation of Councillor Colin Macaulay (SNP), a by-election will be held to elect a Member for Ward 19, Nairn Ward.
Nairn is a four-member ward. The other members are Laurie Fraser (Independent), Michael Green (Independent) and Liz MacDonald (SNP).
Councillor Macaulay stands down with effect from 15 March 2015. The notice of election will be published on 16 March 2015.
The by-election will be held on 7 May 2015."
The by-election campaign will be dwarfed by the General Election activities running parallel to it and this might hamper any "Independent" candidates that might like to put themselves forward. This observer wonders if the other political parties might put candidates up though as supporters of all parties will be heading to the ballot boxes on that day anyway.