Plaid Cymru have selected Alan Hughes as the party’s candidate for the Corwen by-election on March 18.
The by-election was called following the untimely passing of Cllr. Huw Jones, known by many as Mr Corwen, earlier last year. Huw Jones served as the Plaid Cymru County Councillor since 2008.
Mr Hughes said: “I’m humbled to have been selected as the Plaid Cymru candidate for the Corwen by-election. Nobody wanted this by election. We were lucky to have Huw as our champion at county hall. But it is with great pride that I put my name forward as the Plaid Cymru candidate with the hope that I can carry on with the work that Huw was doing.”
Alan Hughes is a married father of two and has lived in Corwen all his life. “I know this area like the back of my hand, having been brought up here myself and raised my family here”, said Mr. Hughes. “For the last 20 years I’ve worked in the Children and Adult Health and Social care sector, predominantly in training and development. My career has led me to appreciate the health and well-being of those around us. The opportunity to train others and see potential to develop people and institutions has given me an inspiration which has been, and which I promise, will be, the focus of my enhanced civic contribution.”
Alan highlighted some key issues in the area which he hoped to tackle if elected. “There are many issues that need resolving in the area, not least the lack of investment in the Dee Valley. Housing is a priority. We need an improved housing stock for local people. Transport connection and road standards is also of vital importance to us here. Added to this, being a father, I would champion the needs of our young people here.”
Plaid Cymru MS for North Wales, Llyr Gruffydd, said: "Alan is Corwen through and through. He has a clear passion for the Dee Valley, and wants to make sure that the residents of Corwen, Carrog, Llidiart y Parc, Glyndyfrdwy and Dwyryd have a clear voice in County Hall. He will bring a wealth of experience and wisdom with him."
Alan Hughes' priorities include:
- Improved transport services,
- More housing for local people,
- Better road maintenance,
- Greater support for local businesses,
- Increase school budgets,
- Invest in Cysgod y Gaer and Llygadog.
- Increased youth service support