Thomas gets may­oral man­date in Port­more

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Christo­pher Serju Gleaner Writer christo­pher.serju@glean­erjm.com

PORT­MORE MAYOR-DES­IG­NATE Leon Thomas be­lieves hard work and ef­fec­tive lead­er­ship dur­ing his ten­ure as act­ing mayor made the dif­fer­ence for him and the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party (PNP), which main­tained its dom­i­nance of the Port­more mu­nic­i­pal­ity in St Cather­ine dur­ing yes­ter­day’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment polls.

The PNP re­tained 10 of 12 di­vi­sions, down from the 11-1 split from the last elec­tion.

The pre­lim­i­nary count saw Thomas trounc­ing the Ja­maica Labour Party’s (JLP) can­di­date Keith Blake, who gave up his po­si­tion as coun­cil­lor for the In­de­pen­dence City divi­sion to con­test the may­oral polls.

SIG­NIF­I­CANT IM­PROVE­MENTS

“The dif­fer­ence is the work that we have been do­ing over the last three and a half years in this mu­nic­i­pal­ity. The peo­ple have seen the sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment that we have made in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and they have re­warded us by vot­ing for us,” Thomas told The Gleaner dur­ing last night’s vic­tory cel­e­bra­tions at the con­stituency of­fice of Fitz Jack­son, mem­ber of par­lia­ment for the St Cather­ine South divi­sion.

While main­tain­ing a stran­gle­hold on Ja­maica’s only mu­nic­i­pal­ity, where the mayor is elected di­rectly, it lost the Gre­gory Park divi­sion.

The JLP now holds Gre­gory Park along with In­de­pen­dence City.

IAN ALLEN/ STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Leon Thomas af­ter vot­ing at Greater Port­more High School.

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