Politics

Nomination day: PLP grabs three seats

  • Photograph by Akil Simmons
  • Photograph by Akil Simmons
  • Photograph by Sarah Lagan
  • Photograph by Fiona McWhirter
  • Progressive Labour Party candidate Wayne Caines (Photograph by Sarah Lagan)
  • One Bermuda Alliance candidate James Perry (Photograph by Sarah Lagan)
  • One Bermuda Alliance leader Craig Cannonier (Photograph by Sarah Lagan)
  • Free Democratic Movement leader Marc Bean (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Three Progressive Labour Party MPs will keep their House of Assembly seats at the next General Election after the One Bermuda Alliance failed to field a full slate of candidates.

Michael Weeks in Pembroke East Central, Jason Hayward in Pembroke Central and Neville Tyrrell in Warwick South Central were declared winners immediately after nominations closed at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Hamilton, at 1pm today.

The OBA will field 31 candidates, including Patricia Gordon-Pamplin, who will fight in Devonshire East against Christopher Famous, of the PLP, despite having been widely considered to have retired when she stepped down from Paget West this month.

The Opposition has no candidates in Pembroke East Central, Pembroke Central, Pembroke South East, Warwick South Central and Sandys South.

The Free Democratic Movement, formed by leader Marc Bean this month, will field 15 candidates in its first election.

Mr Bean will run in Sandys North, where he will take on Attorney-General Kathy Lynn Simmons and Jeff Sousa, of the OBA, for the seat formerly held by Michael Scott, of the PLP.

Other candidates for the FDM include Cheryl Packwood, the former director of the Government’s Washington office and CEO of Business Bermuda, former PLP Cabinet minister Patrice Minors, and activist LeYoni Junos.

The Royal Gazette provided the following chronological account as nomination day unfolded:

3pm: The PLP candidates:

Constituency 1, St. George’s North — Renée Ming

Constituency 2, St. George’s West — Kim Swan

Constituency 3, St. David’s — Lovitta Foggo

Constituency 4, St. George’s South — Tinée Furbert

Constituency 5, Hamilton East — Derrick Burgess

Constituency 6, Hamilton West — Wayne Furbert

Constituency 7, Hamilton South — Anthony Richardson

Constituency 8, Smith’s South — Owen Darrell

Constituency 9, Smith’s West — Vance Campbell

Constituency 10, Smith’s North — Ernest Peets

Constituency 11, Devonshire East — Christopher Famous

Constituency 12, Devonshire South Central — Lindsay Simmons

Constituency 13, Devonshire North Central — Diallo Rabain

Constituency 14, Devonshire North West — Wayne Caines

Constituency 15, Pembroke East — Walter Roban

Constituency 16, Pembroke East Central — Michael Weeks

Constituency 17, Pembroke Central — Jason Hayward

Constituency 18, Pembroke West Central — David Burt

Constituency 19, Pembroke West — Jache Adams

Constituency 20, Pembroke South West — Davida Morris

Constituency 21, Pembroke South East — Curtis Dickinson

Constituency 22, Paget East — Curtis Richardson

Constituency 23, Paget West — Arianna Hodgson

Constituency 24, Warwick South East — Lawrence Scott

Constituency 25, Warwick North East — Ianthia Simmons-Wade

Constituency 26, Warwick South Central — Neville Tyrrell

Constituency 27, Warwick North Central — Lt-Col David Burch

Constituency 28, Warwick West — Dennis Lister III

Constituency 29, Southampton East — Zane DeSilva

Constituency 30, Southampton East Central — Jason Wade

Constituency 31, Southampton West Central — Crystal Caesar

Constituency 32, Southampton West — Scott Simmons

Constituency 33, Sandys South — Jamahl Simmons

Constituency 34, Sandys South Central — Kim Wilson

Constituency 35, Sandys North Central — Dennis Lister

Constituency 36, Sandys North — Kathy Lynn Simmons

1.45pm: The OBA candidates:

1. James Perry

2. Thomas Harvey

3. Antoine Cannonier

4. Kimberlee Pitcher

5. Elizabeth Harvey

6. Simone Barton

7. Robin Tucker

8. Cole Simons

9. Vic Ball

10. Michael Dunkley

11. Patricia Gordon-Pamplin

12. Craig Cannonier

13. Charlie Swan

14. Catherine Kempe

15. Scott Stewart

16. None

17. None

18. Nick Kempe

19. Marcus Jones

20. Susan Jackson

21. None

22. Scott Pearman

23. Jarion Richardson

24. Tarik Smith

25. Jon Brunson

26. None

27. Doug De Couto

28. Dwayne Robinson

29. Daquan Scott

30. Leah Scott

31. Ben Smith

32. Karen Magnum

33. None

34. Nicky Gurret

35. Michael Cann

36. Jeff Sousa

1.30pm: The FDM candidates:

Dwain Smith, St George’s West

Desmond Crockwell, Hamilton East

Cheryl Packwood, Hamilton South

Patrice Minors, Devonshire South Central

Leighsa Darrell-Augustus, Devonshire North Central

Enda Matthie, Pembroke West Central

LeYoni Junos, Pembroke West

Gavin Smith, Pembroke South East

Collingwood Robinson, Warwick North Central

Kae Thomas Palacio, Southampton West Central

Chris Gauntlett, Southampton West

Christina Storey, Sandys South

Eugene Dean, Sandys South Central

Tianna Saltus, Sandys North Central

Marc Bean, Sandys North

1.20pm: FDM candidates include Cheryl Packwood, the former director of the Government’s Washington office and CEO of Business Bermuda, former PLP Cabinet minister Patrice Minors, and activist LeYoni Junos.

1.15pm: Marc Bean will run in Sandys North, against Kathy Lynn Simmons, of the PLP, and Jeff Sousa, of the OBA.

1.05pm: Michael Weeks, Jason Hayward and Neville Tyrrell will retain their seats at the House of Assembly after the OBA and FDM fielded no candidates against them in Pembroke East Central, Pembroke Central and Warwick South Central.

1pm: Nominations are now closed.

12.55pm: The FDM will field 15 candidates, leader Marc Bean confirms.

12.55pm: Ms Gordon-Pamplin will run in Devonshire East, where Christopher Famous defeated Bob Richards in 2017.

12.50pm: Mr Cannonier welcomes the challenge of a live debate with party leaders, proposed by the PLP last night: “Let’s do it. Bring it on. We’ve got three weeks left, they’ll probably say it’s too late now.”

12.50pm: Nick Kempe will stand for the OBA in Pembroke West Central, where he lost to the Premier at the last election, but describes his move as “more of a protest candidacy”.

12.45pm: The OBA will field 31 candidates, leader Craig Cannonier confirms.

12.35pm: Free Democratic Movement leader Marc Bean arrives at the church.

12.30pm: Jon Brunson will stand for the OBA in Warwick North East.

12.30pm: Michael Dunkley, who is standing in Smith’s North, the seat he held in the last Parliament, says: “There can be no thought about doing anything but standing for re-election.” He says that Mr Cannonier asked him to “continue to serve”.

12.20pm: Karen Magnum will run for the OBA in Southampton West and Michael Cann in Sandys North Central. OBA leader Craig Cannonier insists Ms Gordon Pamplin had not retired.

12.15pm: Daquan Scott, 26, will be the OBA candidate for Southampton East.

12.10pm: It is understood Ms Gordon-Pamplin, who stepped down from Paget West and was thought to have retired, will run in another constituency.

12.10pm: James Perry will run for the OBA in St George’s North after being invited last night by his cousin, the former OBA MP Suzann Roberts-Holshouser. Mr Perry says: “They needed someone to run against Renée Ming. I’m a St George’s boy, lived there all my life. I’d like to get it built back up and in the right direction.”

Noon: Michael Dunkley, the former premier who many have speculated would not be involved as the OBA sought to retire its old guard, arrives with his nomination form.

Noon: Veteran MP Patricia Gordon-Pamplin is among the OBA contingent heading into the church hall.

11.55am: Zane DeSilva declares his wish to return to Cabinet: “I never stopped working. I continue to work behind the scenes with the ministry and with the Premier. I am ready to serve my Premier, my country and yes, the Cabinet if I can.”

11.50am: The first One Bermuda Alliance candidate is spotted, as Scott Pearman arrives at the church.

11.50am: Wayne Caines tells The Royal Gazette: “I never stopped serving. I’m focusing on our mandate, I will lead from the front and I’m ready and committed.”

11.45am: Supporters cheer and chant as the PLP candidates pose for a group photo.

11.35am: David Burt confirms the PLP is fielding a full slate of 36 candidates. He says: “The party is going to work towards every single vote.”

11.30am: David Burt takes a moment to enjoy a dance as he leaves the church.

11.25am: PLP MPs enter the building one at a time to confirm they will be running once again, including Scott Simmons, Zane DeSilva, Wayne Caines, Dennis Lister III, Christopher Famous, Kim Wilson, Jamahl Simmons, Dennis Lister Jr, Wayne Furbert, Walter Roban and Jason Hayward. The Premier had indicated earlier that all sitting MPs would stand as candidates, except Rolfe Commissiong and Michael Scott.

11.15am: David Burt, the Premier, is joined by his wife Kristin at the front of the PLP group.

11.15am: Gombey drummers and one Gombey dancer lead a PLP procession down King Street towards the church.

11.15am: The Reverend Maria Seaman leaves the church hall after a “smooth” check-in. She intends to run as an independent candidate in Warwick North Central.

10.55am: The Progressive Labour Party has a stall opposite the Seventh-day Adventist Church with balloons and music playing. Several people in PLP T-shirts, some with flags, are in the church grounds awaiting the arrival of candidates.

10.55am: Independent David W. Burch attends with intention to stand in C24 Warwick South East.