Alliance has announced its latest candidate for Derry City and Strabane District Council.
Rachael Ferguson will run for the party in the Faughan District Electoral Area in May's local government election. Rachael, who is involved with a number of local community groups and is co-founder of an online support group for mothers, said she was inspired to join the party and run
"I have always been interested in local politics but felt my voice was not being represented. I noticed Alliance were working to get a continued presence back into the Derry-Londonderry area," she said.
"The party's beliefs have always been close to my own, particularly around the importance of integrated education. With integration being a big part of my life, I knew Alliance was the party for me.
"However, what spurred me to run was when the party recently announced some of its candidates for the local Council. The lack of a female representative spurred me to message Naomi Long about how to get involved in the party. Once I spoke to her, I felt empowered and knew I wanted to become a candidate. It was quite fitting it was on International Women's Day.
"Being a young mother, I know first-hand not only the issues which matter to other parents and families but those which are important to everyone. From seeking funding for community groups to struggling for housing, from health waiting lists to fighting against the massive impact Brexit will have.