Democratic Unionist Party
First timer Diane Forsythe is replacing veteran DUP man and former Stormont minister Jim Wells as the party candidate, although she has no previous political experience. The Kilkeel woman is a mother-of-three, a keen runner and plays in a pipe band. Her father Glyn Hanna is a member on Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. DUP leader Arlene Foster said she would have all the "experience and know-how" of Jim Wells behind her.