by Ezra Stuart
Floyd Reifer will be batting for the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in the upcoming St George North by-election.
Reifer, 48, is a former long-serving Barbados batsman and Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) player/coach, who also captained the West Indies cricket team and coached the regional side at the last World Cup in England.
He was chosen by the DLP’s Executive Council following interviews with the two other aspirants, calypsonian Colin Spencer and Kemar Stuart on Tuesday night at the party’s George Street Auditorium headquarters.
Spencer, who unsuccessfully contested the riding in the 2008 General Elections for the DLP, said he is confident Reifer will win the seat.
“He’s a big horse and I strongly believe he will win. He doesn’t come with any baggage and is a born and bred St George North man. He has been my friend all his life. I used to cut his hair as a boy,” Spencer said.
“I fully endorse his candidature. I signed his membership form and delivered his two letters, one to the Branch chairman [Roger Haynes] and the other to the president [Verla De Peiza],” added Spencer.
Reifer will be coming up against General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union, Senator Toni Moore, who will be flying the flag of the ruling Barbados Labour Party, Solutions Barbados’ leader Grenville Phillips II and Ambrose Grosvenor of the United Progressive Party. Opposition Leader, Bishop Joseph Atherley is yet to name the candidate for his People’s Party for Democracy and Development (PdP).
The seat became vacant after BLP representative Gline Clarke ended his 26-year tenure today. He is to become Barbados’ High Commissioner in Ottawa, Canada.
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has not revealed the date for the election which must be held by December 31.
Reifer played six Tests, eight One-day Internationals and a Twenty20 match for the West Indies.
He comes from the large Reifer family of Arthur’s Road, Parish Land, St George. His uncles, Leslie, George and the late Elvis Reifer all represented Barbados in first-class cricket, while a cousin, Raymon has also played regional cricket and represented the West Indies
Floyd is expected to represent the Lower Estate-based Sheffield Club when they host Conrad Hunte Sports Club from St Andrew in the Barbados Cricket Association’s Second Division Plate Competition on Saturday.