Alliance selects Gray for Carrickfergus by-election

Alliance has selected Lauren Gray to contest the Carrickfergus Castle by-election next month.The Carrickfergus native said she was looking forward to engaging with local people over the next few weeks, adding it was an important opportunity for the people of Carrick to have their say on a number of local issues.

A former journalist who has worked across East Antrim, Lauren is a local Girl Guide Leader and young mum, who said she was motivated to step forward by the Alliance Party’s message of diversity and inclusivity – the kind of society she envisioned for her daughter’s generation.

“The last few years have seen a number of scandals involving the DUP and Sinn Féin, as well as the ongoing political impasse caused and exacerbated by those same two parties. I want to let the people of Carrick Castle have their say and show them enough is enough.

“I come from a Carrickfergus family – my Dad grew up here and my grandmother worked in the mills, so I know about the town’s glorious past. But I want to make sure it has a great future too. We’ve seen businesses and regeneration opportunities disappear, and services diverted elsewhere across the borough.

“Now I’m raising my family here and I’m committed to standing up and fighting for the town I believe Carrick can be, being a voice for openness and transparency while others get embroiled in political scandals and against the devastating impact Brexit will bring.

“Voters in the Carrick Castle area can have their say on October 18 by voting Alliance and Gray 1. Not only will it send a message to the biggest two parties but they will be electing a representative who will work hard for each and every one of them.”

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