Wednesday 8 July, 2020

'We Dunn with that!': SE St Mary election 'personal' for JLP candidate

Dr Norman Dunn addressing Labourites on Sunday in Annotto Bay. (Photo: Llewellyn Wynter)

Dr Norman Dunn addressing Labourites on Sunday in Annotto Bay. (Photo: Llewellyn Wynter)

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for South East St Mary, Dr Norman Dunn on Sunday touted himself as a son of the soil who was the right person to represent the constituency in Parliament.

He was speaking at a JLP mass rally in Annotto Bay, where Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced October 30 as the date for the highly-anticipated South East St Mary by-election as well as two others in Kingston.

Dunn, who lost to the late Dr Winston Green by a margin of only five votes in the 2016 polls, is to vie with political newcomer, the People’s National Party’s Dr Shane Alexis, for the seat in Parliament.

The contest has drawn intense national spotlight because of its implications for the brittle one-seat majority the JLP has in parliament, with a 32-31 seat count over the PNP.

“I am not against persons from outside the constituency coming here to run, but for me it is very personal,” Dunn said, before listing a number of challenges the constituency faces and noting that his life-long experience in the area is added motivation for him to tackle the issues.

Dunn, who was born in Annotto Bay, is the son of a higgler mother who plied her trade at the Annotto Bay Market.  

Watch highlights from Dunn’s address in the video below.

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