The Labour Party has announced that Camilla Beaven will be its candidate in the general election on Thursday, June 8.
Ms Beaven grew up in Barry and Cowbridge, and attended local schools before studying at Exeter University and in Italy.
She returned to Wales and worked in special education, developing an interest and expertise in autism.
She now heads Jane Hutt’s office in the Welsh Assembly.
Launching her campaign this week, she explained: “I’ve lived in the Vale almost all of my life. I grew up in Barry and Cowbridge and now work for Labour AM Jane Hutt, fighting every day for the most vulnerable and standing up for local people right across the Vale.
“This isn’t just any community to me and this isn’t just any election. This is my home and I’m standing here because I want to give something back to the people and places that have helped shape me.”
Assembly Member Jane Hutt said she believed Ms Beaven would inspire people to support her.
“I am proud of Camilla. She is a dedicated, caring and compassionate person.
“Camilla has the energy, vitality and skills which I believe will inspire people to support her on June 8.
“Most importantly, she brings to the constituency her commitment to the community where she grew up and was educated – at Romilly Primary and Cowbridge Comprehensive Schools, now serving as a school governor at Y Bont Faen.
“Camilla ’champions the needs of people in the Vale’ and I am delighted to support her on June 8.”
In the 2015 election, Conservative Alun Cairns was returned polling 23,607 votes. Labour’s Chris Elmore, the nearest challenger polled 16,727 votes.