Two step up to serve DLP next election
WITH THE HISTORIC “redwash” of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in the last General Election still fresh, at least two people have put up their hands to represent the party in the next poll.
It is understood that former president of the Barbados Union of Teachers, Pedro Shepherd, and financier Ryan Walters, have written to the DLP executive expressing interest in being candidates in St Michael South East, and St Michael North West, respectively.
Efforts to reach Shepherd proved unsuccessful, but Walters confirmed his interest while addressing St James South constituents at the branch office of the former
DLP representative, Donville Inniss, in West Terrace, yesterday evening.
“My foundation of candidacy is representation. You can’t represent six or eight months before an election. You have to be able to represent and people feel representation three/four years out. So even if I am unsuccessful, I have to identify myself and I have to start the process.
“I can’t wait until anybody that ran before come and decide that they are not going to or they are going to do it. That is my position,” he stated when queried about being so early out the gates.
The former DLP representative in St Michael North West was Chris Sinckler.
Walters, who was raised in Ferniehurst, Black Rock, holds a master’s degree in finance from the University of Liverpool. He is general manager at an international fast food franchise.
The 40-year-old father of four said he chose the
DLP because the party
“has always looked out for the people”.
He added he was also hoping to break the negative perception of politicians.
“People are really getting a sense of distastefulness when it comes to politicians, so I think that needs to change. The persona of that person needs to change . . . ,”
RYAN WALTERS addressing the meeting yesterday.