PLP: Vance Campbell To Run In C#9

November 30, 2011

[Updated] This afternoon [Nov.30] the Progressive Labour Party held a press conference and confirmed that Vance Campbell will represent them in Constituency #9 Smiths West.

The seat is presently held by the One Bermuda Alliance’s Trevor Moniz, who will contest the seat again in the next General Election. In 2007, Mr Moniz – under the UBP – won with 58.50% of the vote against the PLP’s Larry Mussenden [506-357].

Mr. Campbell attended Saltus Grammar School. Upon his graduation, he attended Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where in 1982 he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration, with a Minor in Cultural Anthropology.

Mr. Campbell has been involved in various charitable and community based organizations in Bermuda, which have kept him in touch with the challenges facing teens, families and seniors of Bermuda. He is the Vice President of the Foster Parents’ Association, a former Club Leader and current Committee Member of Young Life Bermuda.

He is an Executive Member of the Youth Committee of Young Men’s Social Club, and is also a member of the Management Committee at that Club. Professionally, Mr. Campbell is a Certified Public Accountant with over twenty years post qualification experience.

He currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer at S.A.L. Trading Limited. Prior to this position, he was the General Manager of the Bermuda Housing Corporation from 2003-2006. He sits as the Chairperson of the Consumer Affairs Board and also is a Trustee of the Bermuda Housing Trust.

The PLP candidates either confirmed, or selected in branch meetings, thus far include: Dennis Lister [C#35], Kim Wilson, [C#34], Randy Horton [C#32], Scott Simmons [C#31], Stephen Todd [C#30], Zane DeSilva [C#29], Jonathan Smith [C#28] Lt. Col David Burch [C#27], Lawrence Scott [C#24], Darius Tucker [C#23], Rolfe Commissiong [C#21], A.L Vince Ingham [C#19], David Burt [C#18], Walton Brown [C#17], Diallo Rabain [C#7], Wayne Furbert [C#6], John Gibbons [C#2], and Dame Jennifer Smith [C#1].

Update 3.56pm: Mr Campbell’s full statement follows below

Good Afternoon Madam Premier and Party Leader, Government Ministers, Members of Parliament, Senators, Party Executive, Branch Chairman, Party Members and the Voters and Residents of Smith’s West.

Why have I offered myself as a candidate in the next election? The answer to this question is simple. As a father and someone who volunteers with several organizations that focus on the young people of Bermuda, I felt obligated to become involved in the political process that will continue to shape the Bermuda that our children will inherit and I belief my education and business background, along with my community involvement and life experiences, have prepared me well for this step.

I am a Certified Public Accountant with over twenty (20) years post qualification experience across a wide spectrum of industries and currently hold the position of Chief Financial Officer with S.A.L. Trading Limited.

I am the Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Board and a Trustee of the Bermuda Housing Trust which builds and manages housing units for seniors. My success as the General Manager of the Bermuda Housing Corporation during 2003-2006 is a testament to my leadership skills and my ability to make critical and tough decisions during difficult times.

My roles with various charitable and community based organizations have kept me in touch with the every day challenges facing the teens, families and seniors of today’s Bermuda.

I am the Vice President of the Foster Parents’ Association, a former Club Leader and current Committee Member with Young Life Bermuda, an Executive Member of the Youth Committee of Young Men’s Social Club and also a Member of the Management Committee at this Club.

One of the main objects of the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party since its inception has been “to work for and promote the political, economic, social, environmental and cultural progress of the people of Bermuda and to encourage their participation in all facets of life in the country”. The influence of this core value is evident in the details of the 2011 Throne Speech.

The 2011 Throne Speech is a coordinated and cohesive plan of action and I am honoured to run as a Progressive Labour Party candidate as I believe the Premier and Party Leader has assembled a talented team, the best team, to successfully lead Bermuda through the challenges it currently faces.

To the Constituents of Constituency #9 Smith’s West, I look forward to meeting you, hearing your concerns and discussing, formulating and affecting solutions. I have family and friends that live in the Constituency and I live and work next door in Constituency #11.

Although I am new to Politics, I have a wealth of relevant experience to draw upon in meeting and serving your needs. In addition to this, I bring energy, enthusiasm and a preparedness to roll up my sleeves and work for you. My office will be your streets and neighbourhoods as we work to “build one another together”.

Thank you

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  1. all clogged up says:

    too late…..vance and the others should have been rolled out years ago when we had an stable economy, IB, and few social problems

    • Yup says:

      Vance, and all the “new blood” in the PLP cannot affect change if they are not rolled out in PLP strong areas. PLP will keep their black nationalist in the safe areas so they can continue recking Bermuda. PLP does not represent change!!

  2. Honestly says:

    I am sure Vance will represent Bermuda and the PLP well. Just remember that it is an ongoing process…not just an effort to be elected in your Constituency. I dont think it is ever too late, improvement needs to take place and a call sent out for honesty and get rid of stupidty among politicians!!!

    • Nil points says:

      He was selected not elected. PS Vance, the Throne speech is not a plan. Why do the PLP keep saying that their words, intentions or set of goals are plans they are NOT PLANS.

  3. Vote for Me says:

    Well done Vance – the PLP continues to respond to the voters’ call for high quality candidates. The race in #9 at the last election was close enough to overcome at the next election. Work hard and look forward to the victory.

    Congratulations to Premier Cox and the PLP family for continuing to attract solid, community oriented individuals.

    • Nil points says:

      Please define high quality.

      • Maddog says:

        Why don’t you put your hat in the ring and stop complaining.

        • Triangle Drifter says:

          Fair enough question.

          How about married, no ‘outside’ children, no infidelity, no criminal record, a history of community service, successful career (civil service does not count), humble personality, no hint of past corruption etc.

          It is quite understandable that all of these qualities cannot be met but there are a few there that IMO qualify for instant elimination from being chosen as a candidate.

          Unfortunately my standards are higher than the PLPs. Some of the items listed seem to be requirements for their candidate selection.

          • sigh says:

            So why not run for the OBA? Or as an independent?

            • Triangle Drifter says:

              Well, although I can meet just about all the criteria set above, I am in no position to devote the time as I am one of the growing numbers spending less time in Bermuda these days.

              There are less expensive places to live for a start.

  4. Itsaboutallofus says:

    Another good member of Team PLP!

  5. Cancer says:

    No wonder Vance spoke to me nicely the other day. Usually he doesn’t speak. Now I see!!

  6. Oh My Loving Heart says:

    When will they roll out Sherrie J , Bootsy and Tao ?

  7. Losing Bermuda says:

    Wow really Vance he has no morals , but wait this is one of the traits needed to run for the PLP

  8. Jonathan Smith says:

    Congratulations Vance for being selected and supported by the Branch in # 9. You have strong community roots and the rest of the team wish you well!

    • Mad Dawg says:

      Out of interest, what was the process for picking Mr Campbell?

  9. A Thinker says:

    PLP is recruiting quality candidates. Well done PLP, you have restored my faith in you.

  10. sigh says:

    The PLP constantly is producing talented individuals to contest the next general election. I am very impressed with their backgrounds and hope that once the election is over then we can move forward with our new team.

  11. specialgirl4you says:

    Quality, Quality, Quality PLP are moving forward, no doubt !! Many congratulations to Mr. Campbell. He will represent Bermuda well !!