Dawn Bowden was elected Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney on May 5th 2016. We spoke to Dawn about her priorities for the constituency, and her first thoughts as a newly elected member of the Welsh Labour group of Assembly Members.
What were your first thoughts when you heard you had been elected?
I was immensely proud and humbled at the same time. It is the first time that Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency has ever been represented by a woman, it was an historic moment.
What will your first priorities be as Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney?
To ensure that the pledges Welsh Labour set out in its manifesto will be delivered across the constituency. I also want to quickly establish myself with an accessible office base in the constituency and to continue the engagement I started during the election campaign with as many constituents and community groups as I can to listen to and address their concerns in the best way I can.
Looking forward to this fifth assembly term, what excites you most?
The increased powers coming to the Assembly. This is a maturing institution that has the potential to be such a powerful force for the people of Wales and I am very proud and excited to be a part of that development.
How should people get in touch if they want to discuss a constituency issue with you?
At the moment, I do not have a constituency office, so I can be contacted on my office number in Cardiff Bay 0300 200 7170 or by e-mailing me on firstname.lastname@example.org. As soon as my office is up and running, I will be widely publicising those contact details too.