I was first elected as a Councillor for Riverside ward in Cardiff in 1999. I later won the Council seat for Plaid Cymru in Fairwater ward and was reelected in 2012 and 2017, with an increased majority. I was Deputy Leader of Cardiff Council between 2008-12, where Plaid's administration phased out corporate directors and their telephone number salaries. Plaid protected services, opened 6 new Welsh schools and financed another.
I grew up in Cardiff. On my mother's side, my family is from the Docks. Like many people from the Docks my Grandfather originally moved to Wales from the Yemen. On my father's side, my family is from England and Ireland, giving me the McEvoy name. All very different places but it was in Wales, and our great Welsh capital, that my family came together and found each other.
I worked as a teacher, specialising in modern languages. Later on, I taught kids who had been thrown out of school or who couldn't go to school for various reasons. That experience really taught me about never giving up on people, no matter how much other people have given up on them.
In 2016, I was elected as the Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for South Wales Central. That area covers all of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Rhondda and the Cynon valley. I also stood in Cardiff West, more than doubling Plaid's vote in the constituency and turning Cardiff West into a winnable seat.
I now sit on the Petitions Committee in the National Assembly and have previously sat on the Public Accounts Committee.
Outside of politics I live in Fairwater, I'm married, have one beautiful daughter and I'm a big Cardiff City and boxing fan.