The United Democratic Party officially began its campaign for the May election yesterday by revealing its full slate of 11 candidates.
As well as the existing five UDP members of the Legislative Assembly who are standing for re-election in West Bay and the Sister Islands, the party introduced six new candidates who will run in Bodden Town and George Town.
The new candidates are radio talk-show host Ellio Solomon; banking analyst Jonathan Piercy; hedge fund corporate manager Pearlina McGaw-Lumsden; former Cayman Airways president Mike Adam; engineer and former head of the Public Works Roads Division Mark Scotland; and former airport manager and now owner of airport security firm APS Security Dwayne Seymour.
‘We are all individuals but we are bound by working together for a better way forward,’ said Opposition Leader and UDP leader McKeeva Bush.
The party’s motto is ‘A better way forward’.
‘They could not be running for office at a more important time,’ Mr. Bush said of his party’s running mates.
Messrs. Solomon, Adam, and Piercy and Ms McGaw-Lumsden are running in George Town and Mr. Scotland and Mr. Seymour are running in Bodden Town.
The party’s manifesto would be unveiled in coming weeks, Mr. Bush said, but among the issues the UDP would address would be making government more fiscally accountable; protecting and promoting the financial services and tourism industries; and introducing better health care to Cayman.
Mr. Bush said he hoped for support from independents, such as Ezzard Miller in North Side, in other districts, as the party was not fielding candidates in East End or North Side.
Mr. Bush, along with Rolston Anglin, Cline Glidden and Captain Eugene Ebanks are running for re-election in the district of West Bay, while MLA Juliana O’Connor-Connolly will stand again in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
The party also announced that Sherri Bodden would be the new co-chair of the UDP, joining the other co-chair, Billy Reid. She said she had decided to join as co-chair because she did not like the direction she saw Cayman heading in under the current government.
Mr. Solomon who hosts a talk show on Rooster said he would broadcast his last show on Monday and concentrate on running for the election.
In introducing the candidates, Mr. Bush said they brought to the table a wealth of experience and expertise.
He would not reveal who, if elected, would become government ministers.