Independent candidate in the upcoming local government elections Patrick Mellon has pledged to campaign for the needs of young people.
Mr Mellon, a volunteer with Creggan Community Collective, handed in his nomination papers to stand as a candidate in the Moor electoral area alongside fellow independent candidate, Gary Donnelly, who is also standing in the same area.
The former pupil of St Joseph’s Boy’s School said he believed an independent voice representing the needs of young people is required.
“Over the course of recent years I have had the pleasure of working with young people right across the Moore Ward, and in doing so have gained a genuine understanding of their needs.
“My decision is influenced by my belief that young people can be the drivers of real change. Young people are the community’s key resource for the future and it’s time we rose to the challenge.
“I strongly believe in the independent model of politics which is part of an increasing trend across Ireland. I am heartened to see that there are two independent candidates in the Moor ward and that there is an independent candidate in every ward in Derry,” he said.
The candidate also said if elected he will not be subject to party political constraints.
“As an independent local community candidate I will not be shackled by any party guidelines, policy or strategy. I will call it as it affects our community no matter who it pleases or displeases in and
outside the political arena,” he said.
Mr Mellon also encouraged his supporters to give a second preference vote to Gary Donnelly.