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Ethnic minorities come forward to stand

SDLP election candidate Anna Ochal-Molenda

SDLP election candidate Anna Ochal-Molenda

Two candidates from ethnic minorities have spoken about their decisions to stand for council.

Eileen Chan-Hu, who is second generation Northern Irish Chinese, is chief executive of the Chinese Welfare Association — the post once held by Alliance MLA Anna Lo.

Ms Chan-Hu, who is standing in Belfast’s Botanic area for NI21, said: “My family made the brave decision to move to Northern Ireland in the 1960s for a better standard of life. I was born and raised in Belfast and I am proud to call it home.”

She said she believes NI21 “can help to deliver safe and cohesive communities”.

Lurgan SDLP candidate Anna Ochal-Molenda said she was standing “to give people not originally from Northern Ireland a bit of backup and representation and advice, maybe in their own language. For me, it’s not about a big career in politics.”

The 32-year-old community worker and interpreter, who has lived here for seven years, said she had joined the SDLP because of her socialist beliefs.

She added that recent racist attacks on Polish people in Belfast had left some Poles concerned and confused, as most found the Province welcoming.

 

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