[Updated] This afternoon [Mar.5] the Progressive Labour Party announced that Lovitta Foggo will represent them in Constituency #3 St David’s, and Patrice Minors will stand for the party in Constituency #10 Smith’s North.
Ms Foggo will go head to head against the OBA’s Gaylynne Cannonier, while Ms Minors will be challenged by the OBA Deputy Leader Senator Michael Dunkley.
Lovitta Foggo presently holds the St David’s seat, winning 54.27% of the vote vs the UBP’s Suzann Roberts Holshouser in 2007. Patrice Minors holds the Smith’s North seat, having won 54.53% of the vote over then-UBP Leader Michael Dunkley [536-444] in 2007.
Speaking on the 2007 election, Minister Minors said, “Smith’s North was of particular interest to the Party. The pressure was on to ensure that the constituents of Smith’s North were consistently fed on the green pastures of the PLP and not distracted by the calls to follow the path that led to the dairy.
“The victory for the Party and the C10 Branch was a testament that the constituents of Smith’s North represented a strong PLP base of support.”
Update 3.15pm: Ms Foggo’s full statement follows below
Madame Premier, M.P.’s, PLP members, friends and my family, thank you for joining me today! First let me acknowledge with much pride that I have been honoured over these 4+ years to represent the residents of Constituency 3, St. David’s Island and I thank you for this honour. I am equally honoured to be here to announce my intention to again stand as the representative for St. David’s.
I have resided in St. David’s for near to 30 years and feel blessed to have raised my family here. Constituency 3 has been an extended family to me and I earnestly and unreservedly invest my time and energy for the benefit of creating a harmonious atmosphere with personal attention to each and every one of my constituents.
With the support of my government, my constituents, family and friends, we have been able to:
- make the Lambe Foggo Clinic a reality
- secure the existence of the St. David’s PreSchool
- have the recognition of our local hero and educator/principal, Mr. Hilton Richardson
- have St. David’s Cricket Club highlighted in its capacity both historically and presently, as the hub for community, sport and entertainment and for developing social growth in our St. David’s family community.
There have been many challenges along the way and as your area representative, with the help of the community and our Government we have been able to overcome hurdles and have succeeded in improving the environment and spirit of St. David’s.
With sustained effort, working to represent the interest of the constituency and with your support St. David’s, together we can continue to work for the benefit of this constituency
Update 3.15pm: Minister Minors’ full statement follows below
Madam Premier, Madam Whip, family, friends, media…Good Afternoon.
The ultimate expression of leadership is service to others. When one relates this statement to the topic of “leadership and politics” they go hand in hand.
Leadership is indeed a by-product of service. No one can be an effective leader within politics unless they are committed to giving of one self to the betterment of the citizenry of the country and similarly the ideals of the party that one represents.
It’s a tall order, and one not to be taken lightly, for with it comes its share of challenges. These challenges however are not insurmountable, especially when you know that you are called to servant leadership in the political realm.
I joined the governing political party, the Progressive Labour Party, in the mid 90’s having determined that the focus on my own self interest i.e. successful career and accompanying financial rewards had prevented me from having a greater impact on those that may not have had similar opportunities.
I had been involved in Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Bermuda, Youth Net, Adult Education, but felt that a more concentrated effort to make a difference could be realized by linking up my ideals with that of the Party.
I became a Christian during this period and my new journey did not draw me away from political service, but instead intensified. My association with the party then started to take on a renewed focus. I served on the 1998 Election Campaign Committee and soon after offered to run as a candidate in that election. As I reflect on that moment I recall the trepidation and the feelings of inadequacy and lack of experience, but because I knew was called to serve I took the leap of faith.
While unsuccessful in that 1998 bid for a PLP seat, any hint of disappointment was resoundingly overshadowed by the Progressive Labour Party’s historic November 9th romp to victory over the United Bermuda Party. It was a most memorable day, made even more memorable a day later when en route to witness the swearing in of the first PLP Government, Premier Jennifer Smith asked me to serve in the Senate.
Five years later, under a single seat constituency format, I was successful in defeating the United Bermuda Party candidate in Smith’s North. The thoughts of adjusting to an MP role were soon replaced with the overwhelming thought of being appointed the Minister of Health and Family Services. This tall order, at the request of the then Premier Alex Scott, was yet another opportunity to serve.
A highlight during this ministerial tenure was the successful passage of legislation that saw the banning of smoking in public places. From 2006 to 2010 I served on the government backbench under the leadership of Premier Brown and used this time wisely to build upon relationships with the constituents of Smith North.
It was during this time that I served as chair of the Immigration Board. In the lead up to the 2007 Election, Smith’s North was of particular interest to the Party. The pressure was on to ensure that the constituents of Smith’s North were consistently fed on the green pastures of the PLP and not distracted by the calls to follow the path that led to the dairy.
The results in that election undoubtedly reflected the hard work of an entire branch that fought tirelessly to bring about a convincing victory over the United Bermuda Party candidate. The victory for the Party and the C10 Branch was a testament that the constituents of Smith’s North represented a strong PLP base of support.
In November 2010 serving now under the fourth PLP Premier, the Hon. Paula A. Cox, I was appointed the Minister of Business Development and Tourism until November 2011 when appointed to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
During nearly 14 years of parliamentary tenure under a Progressive Labour Party government, I have endured the challenges, overcome the obstacles, and taken the risks because it was the right thing to do. Loyal and dedicated service has been my mantra. Having listened, I have acted; having erred, learned; having failed, tried again; and having served, I serve.
Today I confirm that I will continue to serve the Progressive Labour Party; I will continue to serve the constituents of the Smith’s North; and I will continue to serve the people of Bermuda as the Progressive Labour Party seeks to lead this government to yet another election victory at the polls.
Thank you and God bless.