Shane brings sugar cane to party

October 10, 2017
Dr. Shane Alexis, (centre), candidate for PNP South Eastern St Mary, and Dr Peter Phillips, PNP president, arrive at the nomination centre at St Theresa Catholic Church in St. Mary on Nomination Day yesterday.
Ring the bell! Jamaica Labour Party supporters in a jubilant mood yesterday at the nomination centre at St Luke Anglican Church ahead of the South St Andrew by-election.

Dr Shane Alexis got nominated with a piece of sugar cane in his hand yesterday. The People's National Party (PNP) candidate for South East St Mary appeared to be playing on the fact that his grandmother called him 'Sugar Shane', a name he wants constituents to call him as well.

Set to run against the Jamaica Labour Party's Dr Norman Dunn in the October 30 by-election, Alexis, like the five other candidates nominated across three constituencies yesterday, will have to wait a few weeks to determine whether he will get a sweet taste of victory.

Andrew Holness, the JLP leader, is convinced that Alexis will finish second to his candidate when polls close.

"It is clear that Dr Dunn's story aligns very well with what the people here experience, but what recommends him is his competence, his own success in business, and his obvious display of wanting to come back and serve. That is what endears him to me as a candidate, and I'm certain the electors here in South East St Mary will also be endeared by these qualities. He's someone who cares, he is competent, and he is a find for the future; someone who can give more than local service to his community."

South East St Mary aside, two other by-elections, albeit with lesser significance, will be held month's end. Dr Angela Brown Burke (PNP) has been nominated to run against Victor Hyde (JLP) in South West St Andrew, while Mark Golding (PNP) will face off against Dane Dennis (JLP) in South St Andrew.

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