He will contest the Brechin and Edzell ward, although the party is now facing calls for him to be dropped from the election.
Scottish Conservative local government spokesman, Graham Simpson MSP, said: “These images are sickening and appalling, and it’s no wonder that there were calls to deselect this candidate.
The photos were posted late at night and then deleted the following day but not before they were seen by a number of people in the town, including members of the local SNP branch.
It is understood that Angus North and Mearns MSP Mairi Evans, who is standing down as a Brechin and Edzell councillor, was also made aware of the tweets.
It is staggering that the SNP felt that it was appropriate to put him forward for this May’s elections
“The local MSP Mairi Evans was sent copies of the images and people within the local SNP branch were also aware of them but it appears that nothing more has happened and he was confirmed as a candidate on Wednesday.
“I mentioned the tweets to a special constable in the area and he suggested I pursue the issue with the police but at the time I thought he had been blocked from standing as a councillor.”
He is also the organiser of the Be More Brechin pro-independence group and a veteran member of City of Brechin and District community council.
His Twitter account has 2,500 followers, including politicians from all parties such as Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and the SNP's chief whip at Westminster and Angus MP Mike Weir.
However, many of his followers are local people who simply want to keep up to date with events in and around Brechin.
The two offensive photos were posted during a heated argument with other Twitter users shortly before Christmas, apparently in an attempt to smear one particular individual.