Name: Kenneth Bryan
District: George Town Central
Previous elected office experience: George Town candidate, 2013
Current profession: Journalist
Interview with Kenneth Bryan
Brent Fuller: Hi, I’m Brent Fuller with the Cayman Compass. We are here today with Kenneth Bryan, an independent candidate for the district of George Town Central. Kenneth, welcome. Why not tell us a little about why you are running and who you are?
Kenneth Bryan: Hello, Cayman Islands, my name is Kenneth Bryan. I’m running for the constituency for George Town Central and I wish to become a member of the Legislative Assembly because I believe that many of the issues my people are facing are not being addressed or … given proper solutions.
The people still feel disenfranchised and they want a representative who will fix the problem that they face. I believe I have the strength, the knowledge, the will, the tenacity and the love for the people of George Town Central to be a good representative for them because I believe that together we can make Cayman better.
Brent Fuller: Kenny, you mentioned your district, so what is the most important issue facing your district today?
Kenneth Bryan: Well, as I went around my constituency, I think the top concern is shared among two different things, the first one being economic opportunities for Caymanians by way of employment and by way of small business. The second one is the cost of living, which is shared with healthcare cost and the general cost of … surviving, whether it be rent, light, water or what have you.
Brent Fuller: And nationwide … What is the biggest issue facing the Cayman Islands today?
Kenneth Bryan: Well, it surely has to be education, for the failure [of having] left education behind for so many decades. It’s also become the root cause of many other problems. But education has to be the number one priority for anybody that is elected, and it will be my number one priority as well.
Brent Fuller: What’s something that Cayman is doing right? Something that it is getting right, and why is it getting it right at the moment?
Kenneth Bryan: For the first time in a long time we are doing well with our finances and our responsibility with our savings, and I think that has a lot to do with the FFR, the Framework for Fiscal Responsibility, because it holds the leaders in the country to make sure they are responsible, prudent and transparent with public spending. It’s something that I support and I will continue to abide by that agreement.
Brent Fuller: And the last question: If elected, what’s your first priority on day one?
Kenneth Bryan: What I would like to do is create a national jobs criteria list, that is a list that aligns all the criteria necessary from entry level jobs to middle management. This way, Caymanians can know what their expectations are when they go out to compete against international labor. It also eliminates malicious employers from tailor-making ads to give only a particular applicant the job. I think this way is the best way to make sure there’s transparency in the job market.
Brent Fuller: Thank you very much, Mr. Bryan. Thanks for coming out, and I think many people will learn a lot from your answers and be better informed. Thank you for watching. I’m Brent Fuller from the Cayman Compass.