The SDLP has chosen its team of candidates to contest next year’s local government elections and there’s four new faces on the party’s ticket.
Among the four hopefuls is Colm O’Connor. who at 21 is the youngest SDLP candidate running for election to Derry City Council.
Despite his youth, the young Galliagh man is not content with being simply a face for the future in the party. Having been behind the scenes through his latter teenage years, the young contender now wants to put his “enthusiasm for local politics” into working for his community on Derry City Council.
A hard working SDLP Youth activist since the age of 17, Colm is keen to get his campaign underway.
But Colm will not only bring his enthusiasm and zeal to represent his constituents to the table, he will also be armed with a solid grounding in political processes as by then he will have almost completed his final year as an undergraduate politics student at Queens University.
“It’s big year for me with the election and of course the small matter of final exams. I’m looking forward to the challenge and if elected I aim to represent the all people of the Ballyarnett DEA and district to the very best of my ability.
Colm is proud to be a “passionate nationalist” and in particular is keen to support cross-border infrastructure projects such as the A5 which he sees as “influential to a prosperous island economy and a shared future”.
“I also have a keen interest in youth issues and ensuring that young people have a voice in the city,” he added.