JLP first-timers y con­fi­dent

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Gareth Davis Gleaner Writer

WITH CAN­DI­DATES rep­re­sent­ing the Ja­maica Labour Party (JLP) in Portland duly nom­i­nated, the fo­cus has shifted to the days ahead as cam­paign­ing is ex­pected to heighten lead­ing up to the lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions.

Can­di­dates Paul Thomp­son of the Man­chioneal divi­sion, Ervin ‘Louie’ Brown of the Fel­low­ship divi­sion, and Richard Burke of the Prospect divi­sion are all seek­ing to un­seat in­cum­bents of the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party (PNP).

Thomp­son will face off with Elaine Os­bourne, Brown goes up against Deputy Mayor Benny White, and Burke will face off with Port An­to­nio’s Mayor Wayne McKen­zie.

All three new­com­ers have ex­pressed con­fi­dence in win­ning and have pledged to un­der­take the daunt­ing task of re­pair­ing and im­prov­ing the parish’s ba­sic in­fras­truc­ture, while cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment for young peo­ple.

Thomp­son is ex­pected to fig­ure heav­ily against Os­bourne in a divi­sion that has en­joyed JLP dom­i­nance but which was bro­ken by Os­bourne in the last lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion of 2012.

Brown, a se­cu­rity guard and home­town boy, was a late re­place­ment for Collingsworth Scott. He could pose a se­ri­ous chal­lenge to White in the Fel­low­ship divi­sion.

PHO­TOS BY GARETH DAVIS

THOMP­SON

BROWN

BURKE

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