Alliance selects Lisburn and Castlereagh candidates

The Alliance Party has announced its Lisburn and Castlereagh candidates for the upcoming local council elections, set to be held on May 22, this year.

Sitting Councillors will be joined by a host of new faces as the group aim to achieve the highest number of elected representatives for the new Lisburn and Castlereagh Council.

Sitting Councillor Stephen Martin will be the voice of experience in Lisburn North, while Alliance Constituency Officer Manager Amanda Grehan will seek a seat in Lisburn South. Heritage Officer Aaron McIntyre will be running in Downshire East, with Dr Jonathan McCrea representing the party in Killutagh. Owen Gawith, a local independent financial advisor and long-time Moira resident, will round out the Alliance team asking for a mandate in Downshire West.

The group will be joined by Councillors Vasundhara Kamble and Geraldine Rice representing Castlereagh South, with Councillor Tim Morrow and trained youth worker Stephen Donnan stepping forward for everyone in Castlereagh East.

Lagan Valley Alliance Chair Aaron McIntyre said: “I am excited to have been selected to stand in this election for the new style council and I am delighted that we have such a strong team seeking election right across Lisburn and Castlereagh. Together we will be offering everyone in the electoral area, the opportunity to vote for a party which is not afraid to take tough decisions in order to move Northern Ireland forward.”

Councillor Stephen Martin added: “We have a strong record locally, but we are eager to deliver more. It is more important than ever that we elect a Council capable to managing the difficult decisions the merger with Castlereagh will present. This new Alliance team will bring a range of experience and a commitment to working for everyone in the community no matter what their background. We are looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

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