BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - POPULAR Attorney-at-Law and political commentator Chesley Hamilton is now the People’s Action Movement’s (PAM) new candidate, replacing incumbent Representative and current Deputy Prime Minister Eugene Hamilton in Constituency Eight.
The attorney was announced at a ceremony yesterday (May18) in Cayon to go up against St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party’s (SKNLP) Leader and Prime Ministerial Candidate, Dr. Terrance Drew and the People’s Labour Party’s yet to be announced candidate for that constituency, after the incumbent announced that he would be moving away from elected politics.
That now leaves three new faces that have never been in the National Assembly to battle for the open seat. And Hamilton has come out of the gates swinging, noting that he would retire the career of two political leaders, stopping short of indicating who they are.
This is not Hamilton’s first go at elected politics. He twice ran in Constituency Seven, losing both times to current Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris.
The new candidate pointed to housing, land, support for families who lost loved ones from the spate of gun violence over the last decade, reduction in the rate of repayment for students loans from the current double digit percentage at Development Bank and employment creation, among other initiatives that he think should be the focus areas if he were elected to government.
“I believe in the peace. There is lots of people now claiming the peace. I believe in the peace because I believe in law, order, peace and good government. Law, order, peace and good government.. I want to say, real peace includes those who lost their loved ones”, emphasised Hamilton.
He explained that St. Kitts and Nevis is too small for there not to be numerous job opportunities available for those persons.
Meanwhile, Leader of the People’s Action Movement, Shawn Richards showered praises on Hamilton for choosing to serve the people of Constituency Eight and the wider Federation.
He also reflected on a number of occasions that the candidate provided assistance and partnership at no cost.
Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris has only dissolved the Parliament but is expected to shortly announce a date for the holding of General Elections in St. Kitts and Nevis.