Gary Stokes was an SDLP councillor on Newry and Mourne District Council between 2005 and 2011, chairing the council’s finance committee for two years and leading the SDLP group for most of the period. He was first elected onto the amalgamated Newry, Mourne and Down Council at the May 2014 local elections.
Holding an honours degree in accounting, Gary currently works as a project manager in cross border economic development and has previous management rolls with the NI Voluntary Trust and Chernobyl Children NI.
Gary is a Newry native from an old Newry family. Having set aside his marathon running shoes a few years he enjoys swimming in Camlough Lake and local triathlons.
Gary is married with one son.
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