Local Welsh Liberal Democrats have announced that once again Councillor Mike Powell will be their candidate for the Assembly election in Pontypridd next May.
Councillor Powell who lives in and represents the Trallwn ward in Pontypridd is well known across the constituency. In 2010 he drastically reduced the Labour majority in Pontypridd and was poised to take the Assembly seat the following year only to become victim of the party's drop in popularity during the Westminster coalition.
However he says that is all in the past and he is confident that people will see the need for change.
"I am sure that our opponents would like us to disappear and give them a free run, but that will never happen.
"The Pontypridd constituency and indeed the entire South Wales Valleys area has nothing to show for years of Labour rule.
"You only have to look at the recent GCSE results to see that our young people are still being let down , with results yet again behind those in the rest of the UK. Our Health service is a disgrace with our hard working front line staff being held back from providing the level of service they would wish to by incompetent governance.
"More and more services are being taken away from the area and the Welsh Labour Government now want to merge our Council with Merthyr and Bridgend taking democracy even further away from the people.
"Some of us are not prepared to simple sit back and let this happen without putting up a fight. People are beginning to see just what the Liberal Democrats in coalition actually achieved and how they held back the Tories worst instincts. Locally residents need someone who will put them first."
Mike Powell has been the Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor for Trallwn since 1999. During that time he has been a strong advocate for the residents of his ward and has been involved in a number of constituency and RCT wide campaigns.
He was heavily involved in the fight against the Council's nursery cuts and in the battle to save services at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.