Independent Councillor Padraig McShane is to seek a mandate to the new Causeway Coast and Glens ‘super’ Council.
The Moyle Independent was first elected to Council topping the poll in a by-election in 2007.
He followed this up in 2011 when he entered the Council with the largest share of first preference votes.
The councillor who is currently studying for a BSc in Politics, Philosophy & Economics gained considerable support and has received a ringing endorsement from a Ballymoney Council colleague.
Councillor Anita Cavlan has declared her support for Councillor McShane in the forthcoming elections.
Cllr Cavlan who will not seek re-election said: “The parish of Loughgiel has been extremely good to me since I was first elected to represent them in 2005.
“While I can never repay the faith placed in me I want to ensure that Loughgiel is in good hands for the challenges and opportunities that await in the new Council.
“We are coming near the end of an electoral cycle when promises will be made solely to obtain support for up and coming elections.
“Councillor Padraig McShane on the other hand represents a genuine politician whose record remains unsurpassed, a fact begrudgingly acknowledged by his opponents.
“An avid Gael, he has delivered hundreds of thousands to the sporting sector and the community sector and he will continue to deliver.
“He is ideally placed to replicate those achievements for his fellow Gaels in Loughgiel.
“His ability to source funding coupled with a strong educational background in politics and economics ensures well thought out proposals that enhance the quality of life and the life chances of the people he represents.”
See Ballymoney and Moyle Times website for more news on the forthcoming election .