Radio broadcaster Austin Harris announced this week he would be retiring as host of his Star 92.7 FM talkshow to run for office as an independent candidate in the May election.
Mr. Harris said in a press release that he intends to run in the Prospect constituency.
Ruthanna Young, who previously hosted the “Girl Talk” program, will replace Mr. Harris on his “Straight Talk” show.
Mr. Harris said his campaign slogan would be “Let me be your Voice.”
He said he plans to “pursue an agenda of equal opportunity for Caymanians, employment of Caymanians, empowerment of Caymanians, reduction in crime and a diversification of the Caymanian economy.”
In the release, which outlined his biography, Mr. Harris said he was born the George Town Hospital to parents Bossie and Ruby Harris. His family home was in Mahogany Drive in Prospect.
He attended Triple C School and later earned a Bachelor of Finance from the University of Miami, after which he began working in the financial services industry, first in retail banking with Washington International Bank, which later became Bank of Butterfield, and then in private wealth management.
In March 2008, he began his radio career, joining “Cayman Crosstalk” on Rooster 101.9 FM. He moved to Star 92.7 FM in 2015, and also worked for Dr. Steve Tomlinson’s Cayman Reporter newspaper.
Mr. Harris has set up a call center for Prospect constituents who want to learn more about his campaign. Constituents can call 928-2562 or reach him via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or on email at [email protected]