[Updated] Pastor Leroy Bean will stand for the Progressive Labour Party in Constituency #4 St George’s South, the PLP confirmed this afternoon [July 9].
Pastor Bean will match up against the OBA’s Suzann Roberts-Holshouser, who has already been confirmed by the Opposition’s candidate for the area.
The incumbent is the OBA’s Donte Hunt who [under the UBP] won 51.18% of the vote vs the PLP’s Phil Perinchief [544-519] in 2007, winning by a margin of 25 votes. Mr Hunt has moved constituencies and will stand for the OBA in Hamilton West, where he will match up against the PLP’s Wayne Furbert.
Pastor Bean is a counselor by training, and was educated locally at Francis Patton Primary School & Whitney
Institute. He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Freedom Bible College & Seminary and also
obtained a Master’s Degree in Government Law and Public Policy from Regent University in Virginia Beach,
Pastor Bean has extensive experience in counseling and residential treatment programmes, and the founder of the anti-gang organisation CARTEL. Currently, through Transfiguration Ministries, he oversees the Transfiguration Safe House for substance abusers, and acts as a liaison between facilities overseas.
Pastor Bean is also a former Deputy Chairman of the Bermuda Land Development Company [BLDC], a situation which involved some controversy. The Auditor General said the former Chairman and Deputy Chairman [Pastor Bean] of the BLDC were paid $160,000 in “consultancy fees” while they served on the Company’s Board which she called a “fundamental conflict of interest.”
Update 3.00pm: Pastor Bean said, “The dream I envision for Bermuda under a PLP government is more cohesion and peace between black and white, rich and poor, while at the same token encouraging each of us to respect those that might have differences of opinion. The time for polarization must end in order for Bermuda to experience true freedom and wholeness which we so desperately need.”
Pastor Bean’s full statement follows below:
Good afternoon Madam Premier, PLP Colleagues, family and friends,
First of all, I would like to thank God for the privilege to serve Him and Bermuda in a different capacity. Secondly, I would like to thank the Progressive Labour Party for affording me the opportunity in a new arena to fulfill my God-given task, which is to serve.
Last but not least, I would like to thank my family, friends, my church Transfiguration Ministries, and the Executive and Members of Constituency #4 for their persistent prayers and unwavering support which cannot go unnoticed. It would also be remiss of me not to acknowledge and give special thanks to my Chairman, Mr. Stuart Hollis, who believed in me. Thank you for being there.
As a Pastor, service is not something foreign to me. So it’s with great anticipation that I look forward to this new challenge with a sense of passion and vigor; and when I am elected I pledge to serve the residents of Constituency #4 and I dare not forget Bermuda at large with this same passion.
One thing that I would like to say to the residents of Constituency #4 is that I’m not going to make a whole lot of promises that I cannot keep, but one thing I can promise is the work that is currently being done under a PLP government in our society, I will continue to support to the best of my ability. We will continue to build the infrastructure in Constituency #4 by continuing to build parks like Harlem Park, and extensions to the Sea Breeze Oval.
The PLP’s track record has been stellar as the Southside Police Station and the Harbour View affordable housing were both erected under our tender, and we must not forget the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre which has served our eastern residents well. It is our hope that one day this particular emergency unit can be open 24 hours a day.
Under a PLP government, we will continue to fight endlessly against the anti-social and maladaptive behavior that has plagued our little island. We will actively pursue solutions to our current gang problem and will continue to work on behalf of the down trodden, while still upholding the morals and principles that Bermuda’s foundation is built on.
The dream I envision for Bermuda under a PLP government is more cohesion and peace between black and white, rich and poor, while at the same token encouraging each of us to respect those that might have differences of opinion. The time for polarization must end in order for Bermuda to experience true freedom and wholeness which we so desperately need.
We must put away the petty games that have derailed and divided us as a country for too long. The time for Bermuda to be healed is now. I encourage and challenge each of us to play a part in this restoration whether Bermudian or non-Bermudian. Let us take personal responsibility to do our part to make this dream a reality. For the residents of Constituency #4, in this next upcoming general election, vote PLP.
Update 5.04pm: When asked about the Auditor’s comments on the BLDC payments, Premier Cox said, “I think what’s important to note in terms of the Government and even with the Auditor General..that time and time what comes up are these innuendos and hints of corruption. That seems to be always the subtext sometimes of certain lines of questioning.”
Premier Cox continued: “What is interesting also, it reminds me of 1998 when there was the view that with a PLP Government, international business would all fly away…
“Why are people suggesting it? Is it because they have a black government? I think the issues with regard to the Auditor General are clear. They’ve been documented, they’ve been set out. My views are also clear, as to the fact that there has been nothing that was done that indicated that there was anything that was corrupt.”
“What you have now is the playing out of the Progressive Labour Party mantra, which we believes in the fact that we have documents and a procedure for the establishment and rollout of candidates. The candidates have to have the confidence of the constituency executive, and they also have to have the confidence of the Central Committee.
Speaking on her support for Pastor Bean, Premier Cox said: “I am the Party Leader, and certainly no one who is announced as a candidate would be announced as a candidate if I had grave reservations. Either I wouldn’t sit, or continue to sit, as Party Leader or I would make my views known.
“But there are rules of engagement. And the very fact that I am here when I don’t have to be, should be an indication of the fact that Pastor Bean is part of the PLP team, who will be going out and doing his job to earn the seat for the Progressive Labour Party,” said Premier Cox.
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