The new Sinn Fein candidate for the Eastern area of the Cookstown DEA, says he is ‘excited to get started’ and will ‘campaign tirelessly for the rural communities’ if elected.
Gavin Bell, will be covering the areas of Coagh, Loughry, Drumullan, Derrychrin and others in the East of the new DEA for the new Mid-Ulster Super Council.
Speaking to the MAIL as he embarks on the canvassing trail, Gavin said he is ‘really eager to get on the ground and take the local issues to the council.’
Gavin said: “I live beside the lough, so that has a big place in my heart. The fishermen sometimes can be forgotten about, but they are also farmers, and I think their voice has to be heard and hopefully I can bring that voice to the council.
“I have a working relationship with my party colleague Minister for Agriculture Michelle O’Neill and I hope to bring those concerns to her.
“I am so excited I am almost stuck for words. It is something that has been in my heart since I have been little so no-one has pushed me into politics, it has been through my own choice.”
“The issue of equality is massive for me. It is entrenched in my blood that no matter who you are, where you are from, colour, class, creed, everyone should be treated equally.
“It is a basic civil right and something I will campaign for endlessly. I do it day and daily in my life and workplace and it will continue in my politics if I am elected. I am also an enthusiast of the GAA but I also like all sports and I would encourage all of the community to get involved in the GAA because I think it is fantastic for relationships within the community, it is good for the youth and everyone alike.”