Gerry McHugh was elected to Fermanagh District Council in 1993 until 2011, was a Member of NI Forum 1996 and was subsequently elected to NI Assembly in 1998 and again in 2007 before taking early retirement from local Assembly in 2011. He is known to have worked extremely hard over those years for his constituents as a Councillor and an MLA particularly within the Agricultural, Education and DETI Committees in Stormont achieving considerable gains for the people of Fermanagh South Tyrone. He was also at the fore in negotiations securing the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen. He was involved in forming Donagh Development Association and in building their new community centre and in the formation of Dooneen Community Centre in Tempo area.

Gerry worked tirelessly over a number of years as a Councillor to ensure the construction of a major Flood Protection Barrier in Maguiresbridge. Additionally, he worked to establish Lisnaskea Main Street as a permanent Conservation Area protecting the beauty of the streetscape of the town for the future during his first council term.

Gerry is committed to working on many local issues if elected including loss of local support services; healthcare and services; rural challenges; rates increase; fracking; Brexit; domestic violence; and the draconian changes to the benefits system which are causing pain and hardship to many constituents.