The SDLP in East Derry has unanimously selected Councillor Gerry Mullan to represent the party in the forthcoming Westminster election.
Councillor Mullan was first elected to Limavady Borough Council in 2001 and served as First Citizen in 2013. He won a seat on the new Causeway Coast and Glens Council last year and he will serve on a number of influential committees.
Gerry is a board member of Roe Valley Enterprise Agency, the Policing and Community Safety Partnership. He is also a member of Magilligan Community Association.
In his acceptance speech on Monday night, the councillor promised “to focus on the need for jobs, particularly for young people, and has called for a special economic task force to take responsibility for the site of the former army barracks at Ballykelly where he is critical of the slow pace of development”.
His campaign will also focus on “the historical neglect of East Derry in transport infrastructure, particularly the appalling slow progress made on a bypass for Dungiven and the upgrade of the A6 from Randalstown to Derry City”.
He said: “People are fed up with the DUP and Sinn Fein and the way they have taken people for granted.
“They want to see real politics working in the interests of people and they are fed up with the empire building of Robinson and McGuinness. The SDLP is the obvious choice for people who really care about jobs, health, education, agriculture, transport infrastructure and all the other responsibilities which the above parties have made a mess of.
“I will work closely with our SDLP Assembly Member John Dallat and our councillors to restore faith in the democratic process.”