Upper Bann Sinn Féin has announced Craigavon Deputy Mayor Catherine Seeley as its Candidate for the upcoming Westminster Election, in May 2015.
Ms Seeley, a Councillor in Craigavon, was recently elected to the new Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Council and was selected to fight the Westminster campaign at a party convention meeting on Thursday night, October 16.
Ms Seeley is currently a member of the local Policing and Community Safety Partnership.
She was co-opted as a Councillor to Craigavon Borough Council in January 2014 and was elected in May 2014 to the new Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council.
Accepting her nomination Ms Seeley said, “I am humbled to have been nominated and supported by the local Sinn Féin organisation to fight the Westminster campaign.
“I will work diligently and as best I can to fight and win this seat for Sinn Féin.
“It is time for change in the Upper Bann area; the old mantra has to change and with a maximised nationalist vote we can make it happen.”
A member of Sinn Féin since her teens. Ms Seeley is currently Chair of Upper Bann Sinn Féin.
Upper Bann MLA John O’Dowd wished his party colleague luck and spoke of the major gains made by the party, remembering in particular Sheena Campbell a leading party activist whose anniversary coincided with the selection convention.
“We have come a long way in terms of the peace process and the politics of this island, and we still have a road to go.
“Many of the advancements in the political process would not have been possible without the efforts of people like Sheena Campbell.”
He continued, “Catherine Seeley is an excellent candidate who has already faced many challenges in her public life.
“I am happy to say she has overcome them and continues to provide a positive, inclusive and progressive voice in the Upper Bann area.
“Her professionalism, leadership and ability speak volumes as to what can be achieved in Upper Bann. Change.”