In what may mark an end to the squabbling that gripped the United Democratic Party’s George Town branch, a four-member team was picked to lead the group to elections.
Just over 40 members of that UDP branch met Tuesday night end elected incumbent Member of the Legislative Assembly Dr. Frank McField; his sister and Community Activist Beulah McField; Banker John Henry Ebanks; and Attorney Lloyd Sampson to contest for the four George Town LA seats in the 11 May poll.
Emergence of this foursome as UDP George Town candidates comes after a rancorous period within the party that saw the group’s two George Town MLAs, Dr. McField and Speaker of the House Linford Pierson publicly stating their unwillingness to campaign for the general elections together on the UDP ticket.
Mr. Pierson announced that he and three others – Pastor Steve Blair, Ms Berna Thompson-Cummins, and Mr. Gary Rankin – were leaving the party to run on an independent ticket, they intend to re-join the UDP after the May poll. The Caymanian Compass was also informed that party national Chairman Billy Reid planned running as an independent.
After further wrangling, the branch executive resigned en masse, claiming frustration.
‘This closes the chapter with regards to the selection of candidates for the upcoming elections for George Town,’ Dr. McField said yesterday as he announced the outcome of the party branch meeting held the previous night.
He added: ‘We also passed a motion at the meeting that no other candidate be allowed to petition the party to run for George Town’.
‘We’re not going back there,’ was Dr. McField’s response to queries about the earlier party disarray.
‘This is about giving the people the opportunity to get the candidates they want to vote for.’
The Compass was unable to get a comment on the elections results from the UDP national executive.
Dr. McField reported that the voting members, gathered at the UDP Trinity Square headquarters, were enthusiastic and happy.
‘It is a good team and will give us a better balance for George Town and nationally,’ Dr. Frank said.
Candidate John Ebanks said that he is seeking election as a George Town political representative because he has a sense of what is wrong in the community and will strive to fix it.
‘I grew up in George Town. And I have been a member of the community, an interested and working member of the community, for many years.’
He is pleased with the team elected to represent George Town at the upcoming poll. ”We all share the same ideology, and we all want to work together for the people of George Town.’