Newly re-elected MSP Alexander Burnett outlined that the underfunding of local authorities and the health board were impacting rural communities.
THE SNP took home 16,600 votes on the list.
MR Lochhead missed yesterday's constituency vote due to self-isolating.
The SNP's Gillian Martin has held her Holyrood seat in Aberdeenshire East.
The second day of vote counting for the north-east constituencies in the Scottish Government election has started in Aberdeen.
RICHARD Lochhead was re-elected as Moray's MSP with an increased vote share and majority.
The Conservatives took just 211 votes more in the regional than the SNP with labour in third place.
THE SNP increased their vote share and majority in the area.
THE count began not too far before 4pm.
Newly elected SNP MSP Karen Adam expressed her thoughts on her new role.
TURNOUT is up more than 10 per cent across Moray.
Karen Adam takes the seat but sees the SNP's majority reduced from over 6000 to 772.