Following his selection Cllr Barney Fitzpatrick said: “I am very privileged to have been selected to contest the next Assembly elections in East Londonderry for Alliance.
“The by-election result in December showed that people are sick of sectarian politics and they want real progress.
“It is the electoral test that Northern Ireland has faced since the St Andrews Agreement and it sent out a clear message on peoples’ disgust at tribal politics.
“Local people have another chance to stop the sectarian parties in their tracks in the Assembly elections.
“Segregation, lost opportunities and stagnation all cost local taxpayers billions of pounds and only Alliance offers an alternative and provides fresh ideas to help deliver the best services to everyone in Northern Ireland.
“We are the only party that has no hidden agenda on policing. We want the best policing and justice services possible for everyone in Northern Ireland to help eradicate gangsterism and anti-social behaviour.”