Businessman and entrepreneur Stefan Baraud has declared his intention to run as an independent candidate for George Town in the May 2013 election.
Mr. Baraud said this was not a decision he took lightly.
“Caymanians have been struggling for too long,” he said. “I have thought long and hard about this decision and I am committed and determined to do what I can to help.”
Having had interests in a broad range of businesses in the Cayman Islands, from retail, restaurants, water sports and construction development, Mr. Baraud said he understands first-hand the importance of issues such as technical and vocational training for Caymanians, cruise tourism, air and seaport infrastructure and the cost of doing business here.
“I believe that with the right representatives working together, we can refocus and rebuild our country to become a place that once again has good governance, a more efficient government and a more productive private sector that will deliver more jobs and higher wages and lead to a real improvement in household income and standards of living. We need to control our spending through efficiencies and focus on supporting Caymanian families in the areas of health and education.”
The son of Dominique and Betty Baraud, Stefan was born and raised in George Town, first in Prospect and then later in South Sound and Tropical Gardens. He attended both Triple C and John Gray High School before graduating in 2000 from Eckerd College in Florida with a bachelor’s degree in international business.
Mr. Baraud said he witnessed the results of perseverance and entrepreneurial spirit from his parents at an early age. His father rose from modest beginnings to become a well-known local restaurant owner, while his mother pioneered the Cayman Islands’ recruitment industry when she started Baraud International.
“Coming from a family of small business owners I saw first-hand the importance of dedication and hard work”, he said. “Something I have continued to live by.”
Mr. Baraud represented the Cayman Islands as a cyclist at both the Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta (1996) Olympics. In 1998, he was awarded Cayman Islands Sportsman of the Year.
Over the years, he has been involved in a leadership role in a number government boards and nonprofit associations, including serving as chairman of the Cayman Islands Labour Tribunal, the Port Authority Board and of the Junior Achievement Programme. He was also one of the finalists of the Young Caymanian Leadership Awards in 2002. For several years, through Baraud International, he was involved in providing computer training for inmates at Northward prison.
“Visit my website, phone me or stop me – on the street, at the gas station or the supermarket – to let me know what’s important to you and to help me to move the country forward and make a difference in all of our lives and that of future generations.”
The Caymanian Compass will publish candidate’s announcements and letters to the editor from them and their supporters, at the Editor’s discretion and with proper editing for style and libel, until 1 March, 2013. Candidates who purchase advertising will have their initial announcement declaring their intention to run for office on Page 1 for one time only on the same day of the advertisement.