Julian McGrath has become the newest Alliance Councillor in the Antrim and Newtownabbey team, after he was selected to replace John Blair MLA in representing the Glengormley Urban ward.
A member of the Alliance Party since 2011, Julian said he was delighted to carry on the “good work of his friend and colleague” John, adding his key aim was to ensure Council brought value for money for local ratepayers.
He added: “John Blair is known across the area for his hard work and ability to get the job done, which local people can rest assured they can now rely on me for. John has been a fantastic mentor and friend and I know that he will deliver the best for the whole of South Antrim in his role as MLA. There is no better representative to replace David Ford.
“At a time when the Stormont stalemate is on-going, it is essential local Councillors are on the ground doing what we can to strengthen our local communities. For me, this means ensuring Antrim and Newtownabbey is as open and transparent as it can be.
“In these times, where money and resources are very tight, it is essential that our Council brings value for money for ratepayers. Alliance has always demanded the highest standard of accountability, integrity and transparency from politics and it will be my aim to secure the same within Antrim and Newtownabbey.
“Alliance has always championed the idea of shared society and it is within this spirit that I’m looking forward to working with people across the community, from activists to business leaders, creating an atmosphere and conditions that enable all traditions to thrive.”