THE SDLP has unveiled their ten candidates for the forthcoming Mid Ulster super council elections.
Among those hoping to win a seat in the new local government power structure are Denise Mullen Fox, whose father was shot dead by loyalists in 1975 at the family home near Moy, Coalisland health service worker Malachy Quinn, and Ballygawley cattle farmer, Dermot Lynch.
Announcing the party’s electoral team, Mid Ulster MLA, Patsy McGlone, described the candidates as “strong, committed and dedicated”.
Mr McGlone said: “Each of the candidates are well known and grounded in their own communities and committed to making a difference.”
Forty-two year-old Denise Mullen Fox, a mother of two, sits on the SDLP’s governing body, the Executive. She is a member of the South Tyrone Policing and Community Safety Partnership and Dungannon Parish Council.
Despite being diagnosed with cancer five weeks ago, says she is coping well with her illness. Her late father, Denis, is remembered as a man who fought for jobs and houses for people in the area.
Denise has pledged to continue to build on her father’s legacy of advocacy and advice, and working for social inclusion.
Health service worker, Malachy Quinn, meanwhile, is 27 years old and lives in the townland of Aughamullan in the Washingbay Road area of Coalisland.
Malachy was educated at St Mary’s University College in Belfast and Queen’s University Belfast, and is a past pupil of St John’s PS Kingsisland and St Joseph’s College Coalisland.
His key issues include roads, local jobs and, in the area of health, suicide prevention. Malachy is a member of the St Vincent de Paul organisation in Coalisland.