She’s just like mum

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Newly elected DUP councillor April Garfield Kidd may be a new face but she certainly has a pedigree for politics.

Her mother, Mildred Garfield also served as a councillor for many years, including a term as mayor, before leaving frontline politics in 2005.

And April last night said had it not been for her mother she would never have thought about standing for election.

Councillor Garfield Kidd said she is looking forward to the challenge of serving on Council and added that she would not have considered the move if it hadn’t been for her mother.

“I’m absolutely thrilled. It was slightly unexpected to go in so quickly.

“I thought I would have to wait until the third or fourth count but I polled 1006, just shy of the quota.

“I am looking forward to it and it’s going to be a huge learning curve for me.

“I enjoyed the campaign and loved getting out and meeting people while canvassing.

“I found it intriguing and thoroughly enjoyed it” she said.

She will be the only woman on the DUP benches and the first for six years.

“Womens’ issues will be at the forefront for me on council.

“I am also involved in the education field as a special needs assistant at Lisneal College so I will raise educational issues also,” she explained.

The new DUP councillor also said her mother’s political career was an inspiration.

“I have got a great mentor sitting at home.

“If it was not for her I would not have even considered standing for election,” she said.