The Welsh Liberal Democrats have chosen a local woman to fight the Ogmore constituency in the Assembly elections in May.
Anita Davies was born and brought up in Llangeinor where her family still live. She attended Ysgol Pen-y-Bont blind school in Bridgend and then RNC which is a college for the blind in Hereford. She studied quality assurance at Bridgend College and has learnt Welsh through adult education courses at the Richard Price Centre, formerly Ynysawdr Comprehensive School. She was a member of Llangwynyd and Maesteg judo club.
Anita is chair of governors at Litchard Primary School, chair of the local countryside access forum and Bridgend Liberal Democrats. She fought the Bridgend constituency for the party at the General Election. Anita is also a Community Councillor for Coity Higher Community Council.
Anita is the lead special education needs governor at her local school. She is passionate about supporting disabled children and families and is involved in providing one to one advice and support to families in Bridgend. She set up a visually impaired drama group for children between 7 and 14 and set up and established Bridge Vis a charity for blind and partially sighted people in Bridgend County.
Anita works as a development manager for Cardiff Institute for the blind, providing advice, support and services to people who lose their sight. She has chaired and helped develop courses for women to enable them to gain confidence and skills in their local community and is involved in developing and promoting sporting opportunities for disabled children.
Commenting on the selection, Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member, Peter Black said: “Anita is a remarkable woman who has given her life to working within her local community and with people with disabilities. She will be an invaluable addition to the Welsh Assembly.”
Anita Davies added: “I want to ensure that people living within the Ogmore communities have the investment they need to help their farms and businesses, that there are facilities for community activities which in some areas have been lost or are struggling and that public transport is available especially for young people and the elderly.
“We need a local Assembly Member who understands the needs of the Ogmore constituency and who is prepared to stand up and fight for our best interests. I have lived in the community for most of my life. I am seeking to represent, I use some of the local services such as the Llangeinor community garden and public transport. My parents, family and friends use the local health services and my nieces and nephews go to the local schools.
“Labour have taken the Ogmore constituency for granted for far too long, they have tried to close schools and closed much needed community facilities. I am disappointed that despite having the power since last May and despite pressure from the Liberal Democrats, the Welsh Labour Government have not cut business rates for local businesses.”