PNP goes for new faces in St James

November 13, 2018
Dr Walton Small


Having lost four of the five St James seats in the 2016 general elections, the People's National Party (PNP) is moving to introduce fresh faces to the electors in the parish.

The party has confirmed that economist Dr Andre Haughton and educator Dr Walton Small are being considered for parliamentary seats.

Small, the president of the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association, is set to replace Derrick Kellier in the very marginal South St James seat.

The PNP has held the seat since 1989, when Kellier won by 4122 votes. His margin went down to 53 votes in 2016 when he defeated the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Homer Davis.

In addition to Small, who is a former principal of Anchovy High, the PNP has gone for Dr Haughton to run in West Central St James.

The seat is currently held by the JLP's Marlene Malahoo Forte, who unseated Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams in the last general election.

"He (Haughton) has an interest and has started the process," PNP general secretary Julian Robinson said yesterday.

In the meantime, Andre Hylton, who lost his Eastern St Andrew seat to the JLP's Fayval Williams, has been testing the waters in Central St James.

That seat is currently held by the JLP's Heroy Clarke.

Ed Bartlett (East Central) and Dr Horace Chang (North West), are the other JLP MPs in St James.

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