Roisin Shortall, Chris Pender and Catherine Murphy
Chris is a local community and youth activist and is former Chairperson for Kildare LGBT, a steering committee responsible for setting up of LGBT supports in County Kildare.
Speaking after his selection Chris said: “I’m thrilled to have been selected to run to represent the people of Newbridge, Kilcullen on behalf of the Social Democrats. I firmly believe that it is only through unity in our communities and working together that we can truly shape the Ireland of tomorrow.
"Through my community volunteering and activism I have worked with groups from all walks of life including the Traveller community, asylum seekers, and people with disabilities. I firmly believe that true representation only comes from people and communities working together to improve our daily lives and our environment.
“As someone who has experienced homelessness on a personal level, I fully understand the difficulties faced by families and individuals who are suffering due to the housing crisis. I am committed to working with local authorities towards a proper social housing initiative, and also to ensure that people who are facing crisis are dealt with in a fair and supportive manner.”
Social Democrats co-leader and Kildare North TD Catherine Murphy said: “We are delighted that Chris will stand for the party for Kildare County Council. Through his community volunteering and activism, Chris has shown himself to be a committed grass roots campaigner. He is a strong addition to our team of local election candidates in County Kildare who are offering people chance to vote for our vision of change at next May’s council elections.”
Chris said he chose to run for the Social Democrats because of their policies and the diversity of the candidates.
Originally from Dublin, Chris has spent most of his life in Kildare. He said his family have been hugely supportive of him in his new endeavour and he looks forward to the campaign ahead. Chris can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris (far right) with his sister Margaret and bothers James and Mark at the selection convention