Cllr Ian Roome, who represents Barnstaple North on Devon County Council, has been selected to fight the next general election for the North Devon Lib Dems, winning a members’ vote which ended on Monday night.
Ian Roome moved to North Devon in 1989 for his post at RAF Chivenor.
He was three times mayor of Barnstaple, now known as a local charity fundraiser.
The Barnstaple resident has been a town councilor for nearly twenty years.
Ian Roome is now the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for North Devon.
Director Ian Roome said of his selection: “I have served in the Royal Air Force and now I am ready to serve in North Devon. Conservative MPs have time and again toed the party line at the expense of their constituents, while the Lib Dems and I have been fighting for local people for decades.
“It is time we replaced Westminster’s voice in North Devon with a real community champion who will stand up for local people. There is still a long way to go but I am ready to listen, lead the Lib Dem fight and win North Devon back for local people.”
A spokesman for the North Devon Lib Dems commented: “This is great news for North Devon. After more than seven years of Tory rule in North Devon, there is finally hope.
“Many will know Ian Roome as a tireless campaigner for health, housing, education, climate change, agriculture and more. Above all, he is a champion for North Devon and it is about time this part of the country had such a voice in Parliament.
“We look forward to working with Ian to win this seat back from the Conservatives, get back to delivering services for local people and create a better life for everyone in North Devon.”