60+ Confirmed Candidates For Upcoming Election

May 14, 2012

With an election date not yet set but expected to be announced in the coming months, the island’s political parties have confirmed over 60 candidates thus far.

The PLP has rolled out 32 of their 36 candidates, with the representatives for C#14 Devonshire North West, C#12 Devonshire South Central, C#4 St. George’s South and C#1 St. George’s North yet to be announced.

C#14 is presently held by Premier Paula Cox who is expected to contest the seat again, while C#1 is presently held by Dame Jennifer Smith who is also expected to fight to retain her seat. Unofficial reports indicate there may be some conflict in C#4, with Pastor Leroy Bean’s candidacy said to be in question after the controversy surrounding his consultancy contract with the Bermuda Land Development Corporation.

The OBA has rolled out 26 candidates thus far, with 10 remaining. The areas that the OBA candidates have not yet been announced are: C#34 Sandys South Central, C#32 Southampton West, C#29 Southampton East, C#20 Pembroke South West, C#18 Pembroke West Central, C#17 Pembroke Central, C#16 Pembroke East Central, C#14 Devonshire North West, C#8 Smith’s South and C#1 St. George’s North.

Former Deputy Mayor of Hamilton Glen Smith has not yet been formally announced, but has been seen canvassing for the OBA in C#14 Devonshire North West. The OBA’s Louise Jackson is set to retire leaving the C#20 Pembroke South West seat open, and unofficial reports indicate there internal discussions within the OBA over who will contest the seat, which is considered one of the safest for the Opposition, who won the district with over 80% of the vote in the last election.

The UBP has confirmed they will field two candidates, with both Charlie Swan and Kim Swan set to contest the seats they presently hold, making both C#2 St. George’s West and #C31 Southampton West Central three-way battles.

At least three Independents have indicated they will stand, with David Tavares running in C#8 Smith’s South, Khalid Wasi set to contest the C#21 Pembroke South East seat, and former UBP Minister Erwin Adderly set to run in C#19 Pembroke West, which will see him match up against his sister Jeanne Atherden who is standing for the OBA.

The last election was held on 18 December 2007, and saw the PLP win a third term in power with 22 seats, against 14 for the opposition UBP. The PLP earned 16,800 votes [52.5%], with the UBP gaining 15,161 votes [47.3%]. The 2003 election saw similar results, with the PLP earning 22 seats and 15,222 votes [51.6%] and the UBP winning 14 seats and 14,142 votes [48%].

The five closest seats in the 2007 election were won by margins ranging from 17 to 48 votes. The UBP won C#2 St. George’s West by 17 votes, the PLP won C#1 St. George’s North by 25 votes, the UBP won C#4 St. George’s South by 25 votes, the UBP won C#11 Devonshire East by 27 votes, and the PLP won C#30 Southampton East Central by 48 votes.

Confirmed candidates in all 36 constituencies: 

C#36: Sandys North
OBA Ray Charlton
PLP Michael Scott
Incumbent: PLP Michael Scott won 62.2% of the vote vs UBP Ed Bailey [486-292] in 2007

C#35: Sandys North Central 
OBA Nadia Hamza
PLP Dennis Lister
Incumbent: PLP Dennis Lister won 66.43% of the vote vs UBP Donald Hassell [556-281] in 2007

C#34: Sandys South Central
OBA No official announcement yet
PLP Kim Wilson
Incumbent: PLP Walter Lister won 69.26% of the vote vs UBP Sarah Burrows [649-284] votes in 2007

C#33: Sandys South
OBA Toni Spring
PLP Terry Lister
Incumbent: PLP Terry Lister won 60.96% of the vote vs UBP Alvin Wilson [556-346] in 2007

C#32: Southampton West
OBA No official announcement yet
PLP Randy Horton
Incumbent: PLP Randy Horton won 69.03% of the vote vs UBP Charlie Swan [629–366] in 2007

C#31: Southampton West Central
OBA Shawn Crockwell
PLP Scott Simmons
UBP Charlie Swan
Incumbent: UBP Charlie Swan who won a by-election against PLP Marc Bean in 2008

C#30: Southampton East Central
OBA Leah Scott
PLP Stephen Todd
Incumbent: PLP Zane Desilva won 52.2% of the vote vs  UBP incumbent David Dodwell [569-521] in 2007.

C#29: Southampton East
OBA No official announcement yet
PLP Zane DeSilva
Incumbent: PLP Stanley Lowe won 67.97% of the vote vs UBP Douglas Decouto  [558–263] in 2007

C#28: Warwick West
PLP Jonathan Smith
OBA Jeff Sousa
Incumbent: OBA Mark Pettingill [under the UBP] won 62.07% of the votes vs PLP George Scott in 2007

C#27: Warwick North Central
OBA R. Wayne Scott
PLP Lt. Col David Burch
Incumbent: PLP Elvin James won 56.14% of the vote vs  UBP R. Wayne Scott [535-418] in 2007

C#26: Warwick South Central
OBA Ras Mykkal
PLP Marc Bean
Incumbent: PLP Marc Bean won 2010 by-election with 67% of the vote in a three way race

C#25: Warwick North East
OBA Mark Pettingill
PLP Dale Butler
Incumbent: PLP Dale Butler won 53.5% of the vote vs UBP Gina Spence [494-426] in 2007

C#24: Warwick South East
OBA Alexis Swan
PLP Lawrence Scott
Incumbent: PLP Alex Scott won 58% of the vote vs UBP Jeff Sousa [518-367] in 2007

C#23: Paget West
OBA Pat Gordon-Pamplin
PLP Darius Tucker
Incumbent: OBA Patricia Gordon-Pamplin [under the UBP] won 75.85% of the vote vs Rolfe Commissiong [732-233] in 2007.

C#22: Paget East
OBA Dr Grant Gibbons
PLP Dawn Simmons
Incumbent: OBA Dr Grant Gibbons [under the UBP] won 77% of the vote vs PLP Davida Morris [723-212] in 2007

C#21: Pembroke South East
OBA Jeff Baron
PLP Rolfe Commissiong
Independent Raymond Davis [Khalid Wasi]
Incumbent: PLP Ashfield Devent won 67.61% of the vote vs UBP Tillman Darrell [526-252] in 2007.

C#20: Pembroke South West
OBA No official announcement yet
PLP Marcus Jones
Incumbent: OBA Louise Jackson [under the UBP] won 83% of the vote vs PLP Laverne Furbert [711-145] in 2007

C#19: Pembroke West
PLP A.L Vince Ingham
OBA Jeanne Atherden
Independent Erwin Adderley
Incumbent: OBA Shawn Crockwell [under UBP] won 58% of the vote vs PLP Walton Brown [505-361] in 2007

C#18: Pembroke West Central
PLP David Burt
OBA No official announcement yet
Incumbent: PLP Neletha Butterfield won 69.62% of the vote vs UBP Mariyln Steede [25.15%] & IND Roger Russell [5.22%]

C#17: Pembroke Central
PLP Walton Brown
OBA No official announcement yet
Incumbent: PLP Wayne Perenchief won 56.5% of the vote vs UBP Austin Warner [39.64%] & IND Harold Darrell [3.09%] in 2007

C#16: Pembroke East Central
OBA No official announcement yet
PLP Michael Weeks
Incumbent: PLP Michael Weeks won a 2009 by-election with 89% of the vote

C#15: Pembroke East
OBA Scott Stewart
PLP Walter Roban
Incumbent: PLP Walter Roban won 81.63% of the vote over UBP Sean Pitcher [631-142] in 2007

C#14: Devonshire North West
OBA No official announcement yet
PLP No official announcement yet
Incumbent: PLP Paula Cox won 69.59% of the vote vs UBP Alan Marshall [492-215] in 2007

C#13: Devonshire North Central
OBA Anthony Francis
PLP Glenn Blakeney
Incumbent: PLP Glenn Blakeney won 53.52% of the vote vs UBP Albertha Waite [433-376] in 2007

C#12: Devonshire South Central
OBA Craig Cannonier
PLP No official announcement yet
Incumbent: OBA Craig Cannonier won a 2011 by-election with 82.89% of the vote

C#11: Devonshire East
OBA Bob Richards
PLP Neville Tyrell
Incumbent: OBA Bob Richards won [under the UBP] with 51.74% of the vote vs PLP Neville Tyrell [402-375] in 2007

C#10: Smith’s North
OBA Michael Dunkley
PLP Patrice Minors
Incumbent: PLP Patrice Minors won 54.53% of the vote vs UBP Michael Dunkley [536-444] in 2007.

C#9: Smith’s West
OBA Trevor Moniz
PLP Vance Campbell
Incumbent: OBA Trevor Moniz [under the UBP] won 58.50% of the vote vs PLP Larry Mussenden [506-357] in 2007

C#8: Smith’s South
OBA No official announcement yet
PLP Linda Merritt
Independent David Tavares
Incumbent: OBA Cole Simons [under the UBP] won 73.47% of the vote vs the PLP Jane Correia [673-243] in 2007

C#7: Hamilton South
PLP Diallo Rabain
OBA Sylvan Richards
Incumbent: PLP Darius Tucker [under the UBP] won 56.57% of the vote vs PLP Wayne Caines [547–420] in 2007

C#6: Hamilton West
OBA Donte Hunt
PLP Wayne Furbert
Incumbent: PLP Wayne Furbert [under the UBP] won 54% of the vote vs PLP Charles Clarke [530-451] in 2007.

C#5: Hamilton East
OBA Peter Barrett
PLP Derrick Burgess
Incumbent: PLP Derrick Burgess won 80.28% of the vote vs UBP David Sullivan [737-181] in 2007

C#4: St. George’s South
OBA Suzann Roberts-Holshouser
PLP No official announcement yet
Incumbent: OBA Donte Hunt [under the UBP] won 51.18% of the vote vs PLP Phil Perinchief [544-519] in 2007

C#3: St David’s
OBA Gaylynne Cannonier
PLP Lovitta Foggo
Incumbent: PLP Lovitta Foggo won 54.27% of the vote vs UBP Suzann Roberts Holshouser in 2007

C#2: St. George’s West
OBA Nandi Davis
PLP John Gibbons
UBP Kim Swan
Incumbent: UBP Kim Swan won 50.95% of the vote vs PLP’s Dean Foggo [457-440] in 2007

C#1: St. George’s North
OBA No official announcement yet
PLP No official announcement yet
Incumbent: PLP Dame Jennifer Smith won 51.35% of the vote vs UBP Kenneth Bascome [474-449] in 2007

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  1. Cedar Beams (Original) says:

    Must be time for PLP to crank out the old race card.

    • Yup says:

      With all the constituency boundaries changed, the numbers are no longer relevant. Also, the 2012 election will be in the midst of unemployement. Comparing “things” to last year is almost futile because “things” this year are completely different. Bottom Line: No one knows. And this makes PLP very nervous. And OBA optimistic. Only time will tell.

  2. Mountbatten says:

    The perfect cast of the HUNGER GAMES . May the GAMES begin .

    • alicia says:

      and may the odds be ever in your favour :)

  3. More with less says:

    Always amazed at how many politicians it takes to run 22 square miles unsuccessfully. Too many cooks in the kitchen.

  4. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Election in June!

  5. Cordell W. Riley says:

    An excellent story! It provides timely information.

  6. Curiousone says:

    Da election will be called mid June for a July election.

  7. just saying says:

    Ms. Jackson is around her area introducing her daughter Susan as the person to inherit her seat? Alfonso declared himself as the candidate for #1 and an independent will be winning the seat from Cole Simon, just saying.

    • LOL (original TM*) says:

      “inherit her seat”

      does this apply for Mr. Scott and his son?


      • Triangle Drifter says:

        Oh no, of course not. Only OBA members can pass on seats or are part of a parachute team.

  8. CBA says:

    By the looks of these numbers, there aren’t as many “safe seats” as I first thought.

  9. Cleancut says:

    With only months to go before the election, the OBA have 8 constituencies to fill. I guess the OBA are not looking to win this one on the doorsteps.

  10. The nitty gritty says:

    Oppositions rarely win elections.
    Governments lose them.
    After all that we’ve seen happen in the last 13 years
    this government rightly deserves to lose.
    However the cynical among us know that when it comes to the ballot box
    the PLP will be supported by the diehards and the care-less.
    The world is on fire. Brave yet oppressed and poor people are fighting corrupt
    Governments to achieve a life worth living.
    We enjoy a safer and far richer life compared with them but make no mistake about it,
    anybody who can honestly stand up and shout “I’ll have 5 more years of that” will most certainly be getting it.
    The vote is by secret ballot, nobody can ever know how you voted but you.
    Make the sensible choice lest you end up in your own “Arab Spring” 5 years from now.

  11. SpecialGIrl4You says:

    For a real change…..The white voters that always vote UBP/OBA would change the direction of their votes to the PLP. Whites have voted “enblock” for the UBP/OBA for well over 36 years. There has never been a “shift” in their voting patterns. The ‘Black population’ have ‘shifted’ and voted in both directions. Movement therefore has to come from the white voters. So why ask Black population to make the change? Like it or not….Bermuda does vote along racial lines……however, blacks have been the ones to shift the voting…….whites have never shifted……… yes this is an important variable to the voting patterns in Bermuda. Blacks also vote based upon the “current issues” that they deem of great significant. This can not be for whites, as their voting pattern remains the same, regardless of the issues. So like it or not….past “election statistical data” provides clear evidence of these facts. So let debate the real facts…..and so the race card applies more to the “white populations, than it does the black population.

    • More with less says:

      Oh my Goodness, so much time spent blowing hot air.

  12. WinterSun says:

    Wow Bernews! This is excellent information put together – quite interesting of 2007 results….comparing with some 2012 shuffles, shakes, rattles and others rolled on out!

    I’ll say it again, I think an election is just around the corner as well – I anticipate July when the college students have returned – another December election is too long to wait – wouldn’t want some people to change their mind would ‘ya?!…

    Some stay the same, some will change, some won’t vote….

    Git ‘er done!

  13. Curiousone says:

    I predict a summer election also. PLP would want the election to take place ahead of those damming reports about the Police/Court building and the Pier at Dockyard are released by the Auditor General’s Department…