Retiree Stephen Pollard said he has very little money, but this won’t prevent him from putting on a vigorous fight for the hearts and votes of the people of St Andrew.
Pollard has entered the race for the May 24 general election, reporting today at the Treasury – temporarily located at the National Housing Corporation – where he paid his $250 deposit in preparation for his nomination next week as an independent candidate.
Undaunted by the task ahead, Pollard told journalists he was determined to work in the interest of constituents should he be successful.
“I do not have any money, only what I got when I retired from work and most of that gone. I cannot buy a lot of stuff for people but if I get elected I going to Parliament to work for the people and not to work for myself. I going to Parliament to work for the people and I will be amongst the people on a daily basis, not only every four-and-a-half years when I want their X.
I was in politics for nuff years helping people with their campaigns and I can see the ills of politicians. After they get your
X you don’t see them anymore,” he stressed.
The prospective candidate explained that his decision to run was based on neglect of the community and a perceived lack of respect for Barbadians.
He also seemed to suggest he was emboldened by the entry into the race by Natalie Natlee Harewood, the retired prostitute who is planning to contest The City seat as an independent.
“If they can laugh at black people . . . I say I am going and run in St Andrew too. I went down to the electoral office and I got all of my documents and when I saw the paper with Natlee in it I said that people have started going, so I coming up here on Wednesday,” Pollard explained, adding that he would “bring a breath of fresh air and a breeze” to St Andrew.
“I was down in St Simons yesterday evening doing some work and you should see the road that is down in St Simons. Both the Democratic Labour Party Government in power and the Barbados Labour Party, you should see down in Sion Hill. The gutters choke, stuck with mud and marl for the last 24 years, 14 years of the BLP and ten years of this DLP. Trees growing out in the walkway where you should be walking, the water lift up the slabs, throw them one side and the tunnels full up with mud, and George Payne represent the constituency of St Andrew which has St James tagged on,” Pollard said.