Well known Coleraine woman, Tracy Craig has been co-opted into Coleraine Borough Council to replace the late alderman James McClure.
Alderman McClure passed away last month having served as a councillor since 1977.
Last week, the DUP announced that Tracy would be taking over the Coleraine Central seat.
Speaking exclusively to The Coleraine Times this week, Tracy said she was looking forward to the ‘new challenge’ as a councillor in the remaining months of Coleraine Borough Council.
Tracy narrowly missed out on election to the new Causeway Coast and Glens Council in May, but she says she has now been given a second chance to prove herself to the people of the borough.
“I am very happy to be selected, all be it in sad circumstances, however I hope that I can serve the people of Coleraine as well as alderman McClure did.”
The mother-of-one says that issues such as community relations and welfare reform are important to her.
“I like to see people getting the benefits that they are entitled to,” she said.
Tracy who was a former Chair of the DH Christie PTA is also Chair of the Greenmount Residents Association.
Describing herself as a ‘Coleraine girl through and through’ the 48-year-old is hopeful that her time as a Coleraine Borough councillor will give her the experience she needs to run again in a few years time.
“I have worked in Gregory Campbell’s constituency office in an administrative role for the past four years, so I am well used to dealing with Council departments and other outside agencies.”
Tracy says that her first Council meeting this evening (Tuesday), will be daunting, but that she had been given so much support from her council colleagues.
“It will be nerve wracking, but I am looking forward to getting started.
“My council colleagues and indeed Coleraine Borough Council officers have all been very supportive, and I know they are there should I need any advice.”