Sunday, April 21, 2024

Irene will not run in St John

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SENATOR IRENE SANDIFORD-GARNER is not interested in contesting the St John seat, made vacant by the passing of Prime Minister David Thompson
Sandiford-Garner, who unsuccessfully contested the St Andrew seat in the 2008 general election, was listed among nine possible candidates for the rural riding in a Back Page story in last week’s SUNDAY SUN.
“I am humbled that persons would view me as a suitable candidate to replace representative par excellence and political leader extraordinaire, the late and much beloved Prime Minister the Honourable David John Howard Thompson.”  
However, she stressed that she would not be shifting her focus from St Andrew, where she lost to the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) stalwart George Payne by 43 votes.
“I am sure nothing would please members of the Opposition more than to see me leave the constituency of St Andrew for what is viewed as a ‘safe’ DLP seat in St John.
“Those who know me well also know I have never run from a fight. I cannot, and will not, after one try, abandon those people who continue to have confidence in me.  
“The people of St John have been continually blessed with purpose-driven leaders. I trust they will gain another.
“As for me, I stand ready to fulfil the promise my late leader saw in me by bringing home St Andrew for Team DLP.” (CG)

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