Thursday, January 03, 2008
Candidates for St. Andrew
George Payne - BLP
One can say that Attorney-at-law George Payne has done well by St. Andrew. In the three terms he's held the seat he's made sure that his constituents have benefitted from his various portfolio changes. That parish has some of the best roads in the island, no doubt courtesy of Payne's tenure as Minister of Public Works. However, his record was tarnished in April 2000 when PM Arthur fired him, and he's been holding his peace on the back bench ever since. (There's a reason why his nickname's 'Silent George'.)
I've been hearing that Payne's re-election is not a sure thing as some people think and I believe the contest for the St. Andrew seat will be one of the more exciting ones. One thing I know for sure; if George Payne isn't re-elected come January 15, he has a lot to fall back on, unlike some other candidates....
Irene Sandiford-Garner - DLP
The woman likely to upset George Payne's apple cart is articulate Marketing Executive and PR savvy Irene Sandiford-Garner. A first-timer to the polls, she's warmed to the task as if she were born to run for politics. She's really taken the fight to George Payne, who may have upset a lot of constituents by his wordless stint on the back bench. I give her an even chance.