Local Plaid Cymru members in Carmarthenshire have selected experienced local councillor, Ann Davies, as the party’s candidate for the new Caerfyrddin constituency for the next general election.
Ann Davies was born and bred in Carmarthenshire and has served as County Councillor for Llanddarog Ward since 2017 and Cabinet Member for Rural Affairs, Community Cohesion and Planning Policy since 2021.
A former lecturer in early years learning at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and former peripatetic music teacher, Ann is the joint owner of a local children’s nursery and has farmed in the Llanarthne area since 1992.
Ann has gained a reputation as a hardworking, approachable campaigner locally, serving as a county chair for a farming union, and as a prominent voice in the campaign against pylons along the Tywi Valley in Carmarthenshire.
Speaking following her selection, Ann said: “It is an honour to be selected as Plaid Cymru’s candidate for the new Caerfyrddin constituency in the upcoming General Election. I was born and bred in the county – and understand the challenges facing our towns, villages and communities.
“I want to be a strong, experienced voice to stand against the unfairness, and the social injustice that is being driven by the Conservative Government in Westminster and challenge the disregard towards our rural communities shown all too often by the Welsh Labour Government in Cardiff Bay.
“I’m excited about the campaign and the opportunity to be out speaking with as many people as possible across the length and breadth of the constituency, listening to the issues that impact their day-to-day lives, and sharing Plaid Cymru’s positive message for fairness, for ambition, and for Wales.”
The new Caerfyrddin seat will merge parts of existing Carmarthen East & Dinefwr and Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire constituencies – stretching from Whitland to the Amman Valley.
Adam Price, Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd for Carmarthen East & Dinefwr said: “I am thrilled that Ann has been selected as our candidate here in the new seat of Caerfyrddin.
“The quality of the contest for the candidacy was incredibly high and that pressure has yielded excellent results for Plaid Cymru in Sir Gar.
“I look forward to giving Ann my full support for the upcoming election campaign, as we look to win what has always been a critical seat for the party. Ann can deliver for Plaid Cymru, for Carmarthenshire, and for Wales.”
Cefin Campbell, Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd for Mid & West Wales added: “Ann’s track record as a hard-working community champion cannot be understated. She is dedicated, approachable, experienced and understands the area and hardship facing so many – from our agricultural areas to our post-industrial communities.
“Her background, experience and deep roots in the communities of Carmarthenshire, would make her terrific Member of Parliament – from Ammanford to Abergorlech, Llandovery to Llanboidy.
“It’s time to unite behind Ann, and ensure she is elected to join the hard-working team of Plaid Cymru MPs that always put Wales’ interests first.”