Michael Pavlovic, a 53-year-old former probation officer, has been chosen by York Labour Party to fight the by-election in Hull Road ward on 8 June.
The seat has been vacated by Labour’s David Levene through pressure of work.
‘I’m convinced we can retain this seat and if elected I shall make sure I represent all constituents,’ said Pavlovic. ‘It’s vital that Labour remains the largest party on York Council and then wins a majority in two years time.
‘The coalition is not dealing with the problems of the high rent, low wages economy that affects the city. They are not building enough houses.
‘They are also sitting on their hands when it comes to dealing with air pollution, a problem that is killing the elderly and causing asthma in young children.
‘York cannot afford another two years of a coalition that does nothing.’
Pavlovic, who now runs his own company advising charities, is the fundraising and events co-ordinator for the York Labour Party, promoting the highly successful visit to York of film director Ken Loach, who showed his film “Spirit of 45”.
He was born in Halifax but has lived in York for the past 22 years pursuing his career as a probation officer. ‘After that I became director of YACRO, the York-based housing charity,’ he said.
York Labour Party chair William Owen said: ‘Michael was chosen from a very high quality group of candidates. I am sure he will make an outstanding councillor.’
At the moment the Hull Road ward is represented by Labour’s Neil Barnes and Hilary Shepherd.