Leonard succeeds Conway as SDLP candidate

Thomas Conway (on left) with Patrick Leonard.
Thomas Conway (on left) with Patrick Leonard.

The SDLP says its long-serving councillor for Park, Thomas Conway, will not contest the upcoming Strabane/Derry super election but will remain as a councillor until 2015.

Meanwhile, Derry native Patrick Leonard has been selected to replace Councillor Conway as the Park candidate for the local government poll on May 22.

Mr Leonard said: “It is a great honour to be selected as the SDLP candidate to succeed Thomas Conway in the upcoming Strabane/Derry super council elections.

“Colr. Conway has been a dedicated public representative with a strong record of outstanding public service and commitment to the people of Park and the SDLP since his election in 2001. His shoes will be hard to fill but, with his support, I will do my absolute best to continue to offer a strong voice to the people of Park, delivering on the issues which matter most.

“Thomas has been a pillar within the local community, delivering for all local people and will be sorely missed when he leaves the council chamber for the last time in 2015.”

Colr. Conway said: “I am delighted to endorse and fully support Patrick Leonard as the new SDLP candidate for Park. Patrick is very much a man of strong family values. He’s married with two children to Grainne Hume, niece of former SDLP leader John Hume. I know Patrick will do all in his power to deliver locally for the people of Park and serve them wholeheartedly with professional courage, dedication and commitment.”

He added: “I have had an incredible time representing the people of Park since 2001, but the time has come to try something new. I will, of course, be with Patrick Leonard every step of the way, offering support and advice when needed.”