St Catherine Parish Council hails longest serving councillor
Councillor Ralston 'John' Wilson, who is said to be Jamaica's longest-serving parish councillor, has been recognised for the 37 years of service that he has given to local government.
Wilson, who is the councillor for the Ginger Ridge Division in the St Catherine Parish Council, has been a councillor since 1974 and served until 1981.
The People's National Party (PNP) tasted election defeat in 1981, which kept him out of council until 1986. He returned with a big win in 1986 and has been serving since.
Wilson was acknowledged by council chairman Norman Scott, who said that he continues to give of his best despite his decades to the demanding job.
"We have learnt so much from him, and the councillor just keep on working tirelessly. We are very pleased to have him in the St Catherine Parish Council," Scott said.
Tenesha Allen, the youngest member of the St Catherine Parish Council, echoed the views of the chairman.
"He is very lively, and he is always having his say in the meetings and represents his people very well," Allen said.
LOVE FOR SERVICE
Wilson, who is the deputy chairman of the council, said that his love for service to his people has kept him focused and energised.
"The people find my service to them relevant to re-elect each time that I choose to represent them. Therefore, it makes my job much easier. I am committed to local government and will continue until they say when," Wilson said.
Jamaica's two main political parties are currently preparing for local government elections, which are due by December. Wilson, who is expected to run on the PNP's ticket, is defending a margin of 191 votes. However, based on the results of the last general election, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has made significant inroads in the division. In the parliamentary elections held in February, the JLP's Dr Christopher Tufton won that division by 290 votes.
Ginger Ridge comprises communities such as Bellas Gate, Bellfield, Marlie Hill, Browns Hall, Back Pastures, Connors, and Macca Tree.