Current Ballymoney Ulster Unionist Councillor, Darryl Wilson, has announced his candidacy to run in East Londonderry for the party during the upcoming Stormont elections in May next year.
The announcement came during Saturday’s annual party conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast.
Mr Wilson, a former deputy Mayor, first secured his seat on the newly formed super Council—Causeway Coast and Glens—in 2014, before retaining his seat for a second term, topping the polls in the 2019 elections with 1420 first preference votes.
East Londonderry MLAs currently hold five seats in the Stormont Assembly, three of which are unionists. If successful, Councillor Wilson will be the first UUP MLA to win a seat in East Londonderry since 2007, when the late David McClarty, Ulster Unionist at the time, was re-elected.
The announcement shared on the Ulster Unionists Twitter page, Darryl Said: “When we consider the positive aspects of being part of the Union, our Health, Education, welfare, culture and economy, I can only begin to imagine the positive impact of a stable, cohesive government here in Northern Ireland.”