#AE Open thread: Mid Ulster (#mul11)…

There’s a profile of Mid Ulster in today’s Irish News, which takes the view that of all the candidates of the established parties in the field it is the Ulster Unionist candidate Sandra Overend who is most likely to miss out in a squeeze for four seats by Sinn Fein.

In truth, everyone else is either playing it cool or outright defensively. By my imperfect calculations, Sinn Fein would need slightly better than a perfect storm here to do the trick neatly enough to give Ian Milne that fourth seat…

Ms Overend is the daughter of outgoing Ulster Unionist MLA Billy Armstrong, is taking the novel root of actually seeking her own mandate rather than doing what is becoming fashionable these days, ie, letting the incumbent run and then seeking a convenient co-option afterwards.

Others in the field are Walter Millar (TUV); Michael McDonald (Alliance); Harry Hutchinson (People before Profit). What do you think?

Sammy Morse’s 2007 Assembly profile….

– And Splintered Sunrise’s (‘Deliverance’) profile from last year’s Westminster election…

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