Two step up to serve DLP next elec­tion

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News -

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 . . . ,”

Wal­ters added.

(SDB Me­dia)

(SDB Me­dia)

RYAN WAL­TERS ad­dress­ing the meet­ing yes­ter­day.

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