The man seeking to unseat Prime Minister Mia Mottley in the St. Michael North East constituency says it is time to chart a new development path for the area that will benefit the youth, the elderly, and all those considered vulnerable within the community.
Following his nomination to contest the seat on behalf of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Monday morning at the St Matthew’s Primary School, Damien Griffith said: “This constituency has been represented by the same person for the last 27 years, but it is now time to choose someone else, who can look at development and chart a new path because there is presently a morass in the constituency where voters are frustrated; we want to run a campaign where people can vote for change.”
Griffith said it was important for the electorate to make a statement on the Government’s policies over the last three and a half years.
“We in the DLP have reflected on this, we have a young and energetic team that is capable of running this country, and we are going to have better representation,” he said.
Griffith reassured the constituents, particularly the younger ones who often felt their voices were ignored, to reach out to him either in person or via social media and other communications channels, noting that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, his team was still making an effort “on the ground”.
“We do have this unnecessary imposition of having an election campaign in the current COVID-19 environment with an ever-increasing number of cases, but despite this, we intend to go door-to-door as often as possible and will speak to anyone who is willing to talk to us,” the political hopeful said as he outlined the greatest needs in the constituency.
“Some of our concerns include road improvements and addressing the issues of unemployment and under-employment, especially as a result of COVID-19. We find that there is far more interest paid to the business sector than to individuals, so we have policies to address employment issues – specifically, to reduce unemployment, encourage people to have other income streams, and we also have to deal with the distributive sector because since more people are working from home, they are attracting clients from outside these borders, so we have to look at ways of moving money around in that respect.
“We have a plan to ensure that the people of St Michael North East will be properly represented,” Griffith concluded.