Despite the best efforts of Miah, Andrew P, John B and myself, we didn't manage to get our nomination forms in for the Paisley South by-election. The RO couldn't accept scanned party nomination forms, and we couldn't find Andrew P's copy, despite tearing his house apart, so unfortunately we missed this one, which is a shame because it would've been good and I was looking forward to contesting it.
There is a lesson here, with council elections the date is given with very short notice to get someone nominated. We shouldn't beat ourselves up about this, the RO told us that one of the big parties had had the exact same problem the same day. In future, we should get our candidate in place and the party nomination in place while the date is still TBA. That way when they announce it and I only know the deadline a couple of days before we can still make it.
So for Aberdeen, we should get a candidate in place ASAP and then I can ask for the party nomination forms, and we don't have to miss it, if we are in fact going to contest. I know it's a bit out of the way, but it is good even just to run a paper candidate/minimal campaign, because it won't cost anything.
EDIT: we may also get a by-election in the Bridge of Don ward too! Apparently a Lib-Dem councillor is being investigated for prostitution-related offences. Those Lib-Dems just can't seem to keep it in their pants