As the youngest candidate so far, who has made intentions to run for public office, I feel as though I have to speak up on behalf of the younger voters and a percentage of the mature voters when I urge that we keep the 2013 election campaign a clean one.
As a voice for younger voters, we do not appreciate the personal attacks aired by some individuals in the political arena. This is not limited to those who intend to run for the 1st time or the seventh, but also the supporters of the political parties to include advocacy groups and independents (old-UDP, new-UPD, PPM, C4C).
We find that the lack of focus on the real issues that are important to us and the attention on the nit picking of personalities not only distracting but disrespectful to those who have chosen to run and also to the people of this country. These are serious issues we are dealing with: Jobs, crime, education, economy to name but a few, issues that need to be taken seriously by our politicians. We need our young people to know they too should take politics seriously; the politicians need to set the standard.
The in-fighting does not reflect well among the young voter base.
Remember that many of us look up to you as leaders and role models. Truth be told, we just want a better Cayman and to hear the solutions you have, which may solve the major issues affecting our nation regardless of who or which party the ideas come from.
Yes there is a need for a strong robust debate on what is the better way forward for the country. That can be accomplished without the negative shots against each other. This behaviour is dividing us as a people.
Its going to take all of us to get Cayman back on track so, even after the May 2013 election has been and gone we all still need to be able to work together as we strive for a better Cayman.