Sammy Douglas: DUP, East Belfast
A former community worker, Sammy Douglas was elected to the Assembly in 2011.
Why did you want to become an MLA?
I had been involved in community regeneration in east Belfast for over 20 years and recognised the important role that politics can play in getting things done at a local level. When I was asked by DUP leader Peter Robinson to stand in the Assembly elections last May I jumped at the chance.
Apart from work and family, what are your passions in life?
I listen to a wide range of music which includes blues, gospel, classical and bluegrass.
What single issue would you hope to champion in the Assembly?
Educational under-achievement in working class communities is the biggest issue facing East Belfast and this has a knock-on effect when it comes to job opportunities.
What is in most urgent need of change, if anything, in the Stormont structures?
I believe we should establish an Executive with an open and honest opposition.