Miller wins, UDP candidates make gains

As of 10pm Wednesday, Cayman’s North Side had a new representative and it appeared that the United Democratic Party was poised to make key gains in some areas of Grand Cayman.

Independent D. Ezzard Miller won his race for North Side MLA, beating out People’s Progressive Movement candidate Joey Ebanks and independent Oswell Rankine by a comfortable margin.

“It’s about unity,” Mr. Miller told the Caymanian Compass. “I want to bring hope back to this district.”

In Cayman Brac, the old guard were poised for victory as PPM candidate Moses Kirkconnell and UDP stalwart Juliana O’Connor Connolly battled it out to see who would end up with the most votes.

The other districts were more hotly contested, but it appeared late Wednesday that all four UDP elected members from West Bay district were headed back to the Legislative Assembly, with Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush garnering the most votes.

PPM Minister Arden McLean also appeared headed to a relatively easy victory in the district of East End.

George Town and Bodden Town districts were too close to call.

In Bodden Town, early results showed PPM Minister Anthony Eden in the lead, with UDP candidate Mark Scotland running second. PPM incumbents Charles Clifford and Osbourne Bodden were battling it out for the remaining spot.

In George Town, PPM incumbents Alden McLaughlin and Kurt Tibbetts were running at the top of the card, but UDP candidate Mike Adam was holding third place early on, and a five way battle was on for the remaining fourth sport.

Check back with www.caycompass.com for continuously updated results and grab a copy of tomorrow’s Compass for more on these races.

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