Name: Maxine McCoy-Moore
District: Cayman Brac West & Little Cayman
Interview with Maxine McCoy-Moore
Kayla Young: Hi, this is Kayla Young with the Cayman Compass. We’re here with independent candidate Maxine McCoy-Moore, running for office in Little Cayman and Cayman Brac West for the May 2017 elections. Welcome to our office, Ms. McCoy-Moore. Please introduce yourself and tell us why you’re running for the Legislative Assembly.
Maxine McCoy-Moore: Hi, it’s nice to be here. I am running because I feel that the people of Cayman Brac are being left out. They’re being “out of sight and out of mind,” and I really would like to train all of the young people that they can easily get jobs in their own country. And my main reason for running is because I’m not the type of person to quit, and I have been trying from 1996 to open the eyes of my Cayman Brac people, and that’s where I need to get most of my votes from because Little Cayman only has a handful of registered voters that are Caymanians. So it does take Cayman Brac West and not just Little Cayman in order for me to win. And I feel that I will win this year because the young people, they know me now; 21 years I’ve been back home in Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, and all the folks know me now, and they know that what I say, I’ve tried my … best to do it to the best of my ability. So I’m running so that the people will feel that [we] are going to move forward and not behind anymore.
Kayla Young: What do you think is the most important issue facing your district?
Maxine McCoy-Moore: Jobs, jobs and more jobs. Facing Cayman Brac, not Little Cayman. Little Cayman does have a lot of diverse people there, on work permits, but those are also positions that the young people of Cayman Brac could get, and it’s only 5 miles away. You know you’re right home, you know. And I would like to see more jobs opening, the young people being able to get jobs instead of just two or three days a week. Some people, young people there, have graduated five, six years ago and still only got a two-three-day-a-week job. And you really can’t survive on that. So … the main important thing for me to do is to find out how we can best support the young people and get them understanding that I am here for them. I’m a people’s person and I will listen. I am not going to stand up there and tell them what I would want to do now. I want them to tell me what they want to see done. And that way we can all come to agreement, you know? You know, most politicians that up and say, “I’m gonna do this and I’m gonna do that,” and after the four years you get nothing done, not that they say they’d done. But, I know and I feel that the way that I am outspoken, the way that I’m a people’s person, the way that I’m for everybody including young, old and in between, that the people realize now that I mean what I say, and I’m not the type of person to turn back and give up on my … what’s the word you could use that would be right? … I cannot live my life wondering, “What if?” “What if I had run for the last time, would God had made it be that I’d win?” And it’s up to the Good Lord above and to the people of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman if they really think that they could put their trust in me, which they can. I am a people’s person. I get along well with everybody, and I am willing to go to the max to help the people of Cayman Brac put smiles back on their face again, for sure.
Kayla Young: And what would you say is the biggest issue facing the Cayman Islands as a whole?
Maxine McCoy-Moore: Again, it boils right back down to jobs. I think that is right now the biggest problem facing the Cayman Islands as a whole, you know. Too many people are unemployed, and then, even if they do get the degrees that they tell them that they need, 10 years’ experience, or vice versa – you’re overqualified. And that has to be looked into because I think the biggest, biggest, biggest, biggest problem facing the Cayman Islands is the young people not being able to get any kind of job whatsoever, and gotta be dependent on grandma, or mom and dad, and grandparents, or uncles or aunts, when they’re very smart. And they can, they can do any type of job – a Caymanian can do any type of job that they put their mind to as long as they enjoy doing it. You understand what I’m trying to explain?
Kayla Young: I think that feeds into our next question. What’s something that you think Cayman is doing right, and how would you continue that?
Maxine McCoy-Moore: Well, I do think that the right thing that they’re doing right now is with this “one man, one vote.” I think that’s the best thing that will ever happen to the Cayman Islands, that we get rid of all these political parties, and we have people like we had before the political parties actually wanting to improve things in the Cayman Islands, not only for our foreign, you know, individuals, but for Caymanians in general, because right now, we’re on the wrong road down. If we don’t saddle up and pick up and, you know, get things rolling for the young people, that even if we can’t get the middle-aged people into jobs, we can get the young people into jobs. Right.
Kayla Young: Of course. If elected, what will be your top priority on day one?
Maxine McCoy-Moore: Day one would be to find the solution to the jobs. To get the young people the jobs that they need, right. And if they can’t get the jobs because they need a certification, then get them certified to do it. You know? For too long now, we’ve had positions, not only in government, but in the private sector, that nobody’s being trained to take over, so if a person takes sick, “Oops, nobody there, we gotta wait until they’re better to do the job.” That’s totally wrong in my viewpoint. So on my first day, I’m gonna look and find the solution to all the young people being able to get jobs straight out of high school and be trained on the job in order to do it right. Because years gone by, we didn’t have all these universities, the colleges, that we have now, and the people were just taken from “standard six,” as they used to call it – not high school because they didn’t have any high school – taken straight from “standard six” onto a job and showed how to do the job, and they did it excellent. And they ran our government excellent. So it can be again, even if a child is not, say, that smart, they can find, we can find as a government as a whole, we can find a job for that child, be it civil servant or private sector. Right? We did it before, we can do it again.
Kayla Young: Great. Well, thank you Ms. McCoy-Moore. We appreciate this opportunity to speak with you and think it’s a great chance for voters to hear about your issues. Once again, this is Kayla Young with the Cayman Compass. Thank you for watching.
Maxine McCoy-Moore: Thank you for having me.
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