Mr Sullivan will stand as an Independent, and go up against the OBA’s Craig Cannonier and PLP’s Anthony Richardson on November 1st.
In announcing his intentions Mr. Sullivan said, “After consulting widely with the constituents of Devonshire South Central I have been encouraged to provide a real choice for the voters of this constituency”.
“The blatant disregard by both the ruling party and the newly formed political party to assume that they could send any candidate from outside the constituency and the voters would just settle for it was a gross miscalculation.”
Mr. Sullivan has served the political process since 1981 performing as a party member and as a candidate. The President and owner of Sun Control Limited, Mr. Sullivan ran for the UBP in the 2007 General Election against Derrick Burgess in Hamilton East.
Mr. Sullivan stated “I am fully aware of the additional challenges that an independent candidate incurs in running. However the party system is clearly broken and is in dire need of repair.”
“We only need to look at the recent primary processes undertaken by the PLP to see the disarray in that organization. The Opposition was elected by some 16,000 voters island wide (47%) in the 2007 election, Since that time those elected opposition members have been through no less than three different parties. Two in the last six months!”
“The voters of Devonshire South Central have a proud history of consistency and of sending qualified persons to represent them in the House of Assembly. They should not be victims of the political party system gone amuck!. They should not be forced to settle for a candidate. They have the right to a choice.”
“Parachuting of candidates into a constituency has proven to be very unsuccessful. Frankly, I am surprised that the newest political party, for all its protests that it is not the UBP, would embrace one of the major failed policies of the now defunct UBP.”
“Bermuda and more particularly Devonshire South Central is our home. It is where we live, work, buy groceries, raised our children, as well as grandchildren and put to rest many of our family members.” I will not be a representative who drives through the constituency twice a day. I am a constituent like the people I intend to represent.”
Scheduled for November 1st, the by-election was called due to the resignation of John Barritt, who had promised to step down if the newly elected OBA leader was not an elected MP.
On Sept.10 Senator Craig Cannonier was elected the new OBA Leader, and on Sept.15 Mr Barritt submitted his resignations as Devonshire South Central MP and Leader of the Opposition.
Mr Barritt has held the seat for 18 years, winning a large percentage of the vote in the four general elections he contested. In 2007 election, Mr Barritt received 85% of the vote [723 to 122] against the PLP’s Linda Merritt. In 2003, Mr Barritt garnered 90% of the vote [747 to 83] against the PLP’s Dorothy Burch.