The SDLP has endorsed Councillor Gerry Mullan to represent the party in East Derry in the Assembly elections in May.
If elected he will take the place of John Dallat who was elected in 1998 and has held the seat for the last 18 years.
Gerry Mullan was first elected to Limavady Borough Council in 2001 and won a seat on the new Causeway Coast and Glens Council in 2014. He was Mayor of Limavady in 2014 and currently serves as a director of Limavady Community Development Initiative (LCDI) as well as the Roe Valley Enterprise Company. He stood in the Westminster Elections last year when he gained 4268 votes.
In a statement issued after his endorsement he said: “The SDLP has a long and distinguished record of service to the community in East Derry and I look forward to continuing that with the support of our six SDLP councillors and, of course, the backup of our outgoing Assembly Member John Dallat who has served with courage and dedication, always putting people first.
‘It would be an honour for me to see through the many projects, particularly in road and rail transport infrastructure but also in jobs, health and education.
‘As a serving member of the new Causeway Coast and Glens Council I hope to bring with me a wealth of experience which will combine the best of local government and the Assembly which I hope to get elected to.
‘Having spent half of my working life in public service I believe I am well placed to listen to the needs of the people and represent them on a whole range of issues which affect everyday life. I also hope to play a central role in the development of the Assembly for the common good of all our people, irrespective of class, creed or religion.
In endorsing Mullan’s nomination MLA John Dallat added: ‘I am delighted that Gerry has been endorsed by the party centrally. I want to see all the electorate represented by someone who is committed to the welfare of people and has, as a priority, the creation of jobs and security for this and future generations. Gerry is that person and he has goodwill of all the elected and party faithful in this constituency.’