(Jamaica Observer) With its bastion of St Ann South Eastern rocking at the foundation, the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is searching for a candidate who will excite the electorate in the constituency, and political newcomer Dr Kenneth Russell is confident that he is the man for the job.
Already two people who tasted defeat in the 2020 General Election — Patricia Duncan Sutherland (Clarendon South Eastern) and Wavell Hinds (Hanover Eastern) — have applied to replace Lisa Hanna in the seat which the PNP has never lost, but local man Russell says neither should be a real challenge to him.
“I am the only one who can say I am from this constituency. They [the constituents] want one of their own who has lived through the issues of the constituency to represent them,” Russell told the Jamaica Observer.
“That is an advantage for me and I come to the table having worked with Government on the issues that are most pressing to the constituency — whether it is community development, youth development, education, that is the work I have done and people appreciate that.