BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - THE People’s Action Movement (PAM) is winding down the announcement of its slate of candidates for the 2022 General Elections, following the revealation of its representative to contest for the Constituency Six Seat.
At a launch ceremony last evening (Jun. 15), Troy Flanders was revealed as the candidate who would vie for the seat in a St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party stronghold.
He will go up against the incumbent, former Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, who has never lost that seat, and the representative for the People’s Labour Party in the area.
Shawn Richards, Leader of the People’s Action Movement, expressed pleasure and confidence that the party could win the Constituency, pointing out that he was happy to be announcing the candidate for the district as they are seeking to put the doubters to rest who claimed that they would not be fielding a candidate in the area.
“I am sure that there are many who thought that we would never get to this day, or even have the gall during this election to put a candidate in this constituency,” Richards told the gathering.
PAM had always found the going rough within that district, which comprises Saddlers, St. Paul’s, Dieppe Bay and Newton Ground, to compete and even win.
Now, with the Leader expressing confidence, even though his party was in government and is being blamed for the current state of political affairs within the country, it may continue to be an uphill task with a third party within the mix.
“But for the audacity of hope, of confidence and belief in the beliefs and capabilities of this nation to craft a better future, we are here to launch our candidate for this constituency,” Ric hards added.
But as the realities begin to step in for the Leaders of the People’s Action Movement that they have an uphill task with that constituency, and the government, they are not backing down from the challenge.
Flanders, while acknowledging his family, noted that PAM is the best political movement to lead the country in an upward direction. He reflected that the people of the constituency are demanding better representation from its elected representative for the district, something that he plans to do if he is elected at the polls.
The newly-minted PAM candidate outlined several of his plans for the area and pledged to work for all.
Meanwhile, Richards reassured the people of Constituency Six that they are ready for the battle and Flanders has stepped up as one of the soldiers who is willing to fight “the battle of our lives in the upcoming election”.
"As a people, you have put your trust in me, not only to lead our party but also to lead and grow the larger national movement that our country so desperately needs,” the Political Leader added.
It is now left to be seen what impact Flanders will have on the race as he is starting behind the pack in a race that is likely to be determined by the Labour Party’s Representative.
Despite the challenge, Flanders received support from his fellow party members in the likes of Chesley Hamilton (Constituency #8), Natasha Grey-Brookes (Constituency #1), Jonel Powell (Constituency #1), Lindsay Grant (Constituency #4) and Kervin Freeman (Constituency #3).