The Ulster Unionist Party has revealed it will be fielding five candidates, two of them sitting councillors, for the Ballymena area in the forthcoming elections on May 22.
In the Braid, party stalwart Councillor Robin Cherry MBE returns and having represented the area for the past nine years he is a familiar face to many in the local community and is a keen supporter of rural communities.
Robin is joined in the Braid by newcomer Brian Thompson, a self-employed marketing consultant who is Sales and Marketing Executive at Ballymena United and who was recently appointed Business Development Manager for the Mid Antrim 150 Motorcycle Race.
In Bannside another stalwart Councillor William McNeilly runs and is well known locally, having represented the area since 2001. He is a member of the Police and Community Safety Partnership, a member of Taylorstown Orange Lodge and Deputy District Master of Staffordstown District. A lifelong member of the Ulster Unionist Party he is presently the Vice Chairman of the Ahoghill Branch.
Joining William in Bannside is Cullybackey man and farmer Andrew Wright who is committed to working tirelessly to protect the community’s Unionist and Christian identity.
Standing in Ballymena is candidate Stephen Nicholl, who is no stranger to local government having spent 10 years as a Councillor in Antrim and who is the Ulster Unionist Constituency Manager for Robin Swann MLA.