“I have always been the type of person to give back to the society which nurtured me, and I am not planning to change that anytime soon.”
With these words, Barbados Labour Party (BLP) hopeful Colin Jordan is expected to go unchallenged this coming weekend when the BLP formally nominates its new St Peter candidate.
Already he has won the strong backing of the executive body of the BLP St Peter branch, as well as party leader Mia Mottley, who openly declared back in August that he was the man in whom she was willing to place her confidence and trust as representative for the northern constituency.
In the run up to Sunday’s nomination, which is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Alexandra School, a team from Barbados TODAY visited the area yesterday for a gauge of the political temperature ahead of the internal exercise.
The team caught up with Jordan at the family business in Rose Hill, St Peter, after soliciting the views of several constituents who were united in the view that Jordan would be a good candidate for the BLP.
The lanky tourism consultant, who comes from a strong religious background and is currently employed at Mango Bay, St James, also said he was pleased with the support he had been getting, while stating that his primary reason for going the route of elective politics was to help people.
“I do not know if it’s in my genes, but you help people whenever you can. That is one of the reasons why I have always remained in the Church because the Church is all about serving people. I am a Seventh Day Adventist, I attend the church across the road. Church is about living good, giving back to society, serving the community, serving your church and God.
“That is what I have done all my life and I think that gives you good foundational principles that you can use in any form of service.”
A product of St Peter, Jordan is anxious to be given the opportunity to represent his hometown.
“I have no doubt that I will be able to represent the people well and to the best of my ability,” he said. Any abilities I have, have been honed here in St Peter,” Jordan added.
He however refused to comment on recent reports that he was not a card carrying member of the party when he was designated “caretaker” of the constituency of St Peter back in August. Barbados TODAY broke the story earlier this week that despite being a staunch party supporter, Jordan had never moved to secure membership in the Opposition until last August when he formally applied.
“At this point I will say to you the same thing I said before, when it comes to the membership of an organisation you need to speak to the General Secretary of that organisation.”
The former President of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association also stayed away from talk of any future Cabinet position for him, while making it clear that he does not count his chickens until they are hatched.
“I am about service and wherever I can serve I will serve. I am not looking for any particular thing necessarily. Wherever I am called to serve, I will serve,” Jordan said.
Meanwhile, Jordan, who is seeking to walk in the footsteps of the former prime minster and BLP St Peter representative for the past 30 years, Owen Arthur, is already creating a buzz among constituents.
When asked to comment on Jordan’s bid for the St Peter nomination, Leroy Yearwood of Maynards said: “He seems a very pleasant person. He came up in the church. I think that because of his personality he will blend in nicely with the world of politics. He is a member of the Mile & Quarter Seventh Day Adventist Church. His father was also a member. I think that he would be a good representative.”
Also speaking in glowing terms, Gregory Dowridge, also of Maynards: “He is a nice person. We grew up together and he is a good Christian. He is a decent person. He comes out of a good family. I know the whole family because I grew up with them.”
Winfield Richards of Rose Hill, also described Jordan as “a fine young gentleman”.
“I think he would make a fine representative. I would give him my vote.”
While pointing out that he is not a BLP supporter, Cavil Best of Rose Hill said: “Jordan has come from a wonderful family. Colin himself is a wonderful fellow. I must say that I am a true Democratic Labour Party supporter. I follow the principle of the DLP.”
Over at Six Men’s, Aubrey Bradshaw said: “Once Owen Arthur does not contest the seat, Jordan will win.”
He admitted to not knowing much about Jordan at this stage, but said, “once Arthur does not run, he will win the seat”.
Edwin Johnson of Boscobel noted that “St Peter has always been a BLP stronghold,” adding, “I believe that Jordan will make a good representative.”