Video: Independent David Petty To Run In C#20

November 19, 2012

[Updated] David Petty has announced that he will run as an Independent in Constituency #20 Pembroke South West in the upcoming General Election.

Mr Petty, 43,  previously ran under the UBP’s banner in the 1998 Election, and said he has a strong connection with Pembroke South West and he is hoping to put up a good fight.  ”Most people assume the OBA will win in Pembroke South West, and my intention is to change their mind,” said Mr Petty.

The incumbent Pembroke South West MP Louise Jackson [OBA] is retiring, and the OBA has not yet announced her replacement. Marcus Jones will stand for the PLP, while Independent Johnathan Starling will also contest the area.

Considered by many to be a safe seat for the Opposition, the constituency saw the largest margin of victory in the 2007 Election, with Mrs Jackson [under the UBP] earning 83% [711-145] of the vote vs the PLP’s Laverne Furbert. In the 2003 Election, Mrs Jackson won with 81.83% of the vote against Neville Darrell.

To date at least eight Independent candidates have said they will run this year: Kim Swan in C#2 St. George’s West, David Tavares in C#8 Smiths South, Phil Perinchief in C#18 Pembroke West Central, Erwin Adderley in C#19 Pembroke West, Johnathan Starling in C#20 Pembroke South West, Tillman Darrell in C#21 Pembroke South East, Charles Swan in C#31 Southampton West Central and Mr Petty in C#20.

Mr Petty intends to release his platform by the end of this week.

Update 6.25pm: A full video interview with Mr Petty is coming shortly. He said he is a former member of the OBA and was told their “roster was full” and said he is comfortable running as an Independent. He said if he were to win as an Independent, he would not cross the floor – rather put himself up for a bye-election. Asked about what he thinks are the biggest issues facing Bermuda, he cited the GDP and the debt.

Update 9.44pm: A video interview with Mr Petty is below

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  1. J Starling says:

    Mr. Petty, congratulations for throwing your hat into the ring also!

    I look forward to contesting this seat with you, along with Mr. Jones and the still unknown OBA candidate.

    Best of luck!

    Jonathan Starling

    • Webster says:

      Lord, I wish I had an Independent in my area… because I think we need to have Independents running our Island,I am sick and tired of one black party versus a white party, how childish !!!!!we need some real leaders to take care of this Islands major problems,good luck to all of the independent candidates.

      • Blurt says:

        Trouble with Independents is thatt to get anything passed in the house, you need to have majority vote. An independent to get any traction towards support their ideas will have to sell their soul many times to whatever party to even get a look in. This election is the wrong election to vote for an Independent. A serious shake up to the party system is needed in Bermuda, but there are greater priorities, this country is in a desperate state. Might have good ideas will not rescue Bermuda.

        • Keepin' it Real...4Real! says:

          you’re talking to dumb people Blurt…i personally think it’s too late for Bda. i guess we will see…i jus hope you are all prepared for what’s in store.

    • David Petty says:


      Thank you for your well wishes, and good luck too you as well. May the best independent win!


    • frank says:

      stupid stupid and dumb this is 2012 the days of independents are over all they do is split votes they can never get anything done. just plain stupid

      • andre says:

        Maybe it is dumb to endorse a system which ONLY gives us two choice’s…..Bad and Worse.

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

    All you independents running for a paycheck. All you gonna do is take minimal votes from either the PLP or OBA and may swing a constituency if it is in a tight one. What can you do as an independent if you win the constituency and the PLP or OBA win the election. NUFFIN!

  3. please wake me says:

    Good luck Mr,Petty.

    You are in my option just what this country needs.
    New ideas for all Bermuda and her people.

    • LOL (original TM*) says:

      No one thought that in 1998 was changed since then………………….

    • David Petty says:

      Thank you for your support. It is much appreciated.

  4. Please Leave Politics says:

    This election gets stupider with each passing day… smdh

  5. Uncle BOB says:

    OBA has corny people

    PLP has cocky people

    Running as an Independent seems keeps you true to the game.

  6. Terry says:

    All part of the plan.
    Nothing said here by the PLP nor any of it’s supporters as to why.

    They sit in Alaska Hall whilst it melts in the dark. All the sweet green icing flowing down.


  7. M.P.Mountbatten JP says:

    Why hasn’t the OBA rolled out VSB’s Rachel Sawden yet ? David if they run that girl against you and de rest oh dem byes , then you could kiss that down payment goodbye .

    • Terry says:

      Dah gunna run Join Swan.

      • RME says:

        I thought they were running Susan Jackson to replace her mother in #20.

    • Truth is killin' me... says:

      I’m pretty sure Rachel has brains as well as good looks and wouldn’t touch politics with a ten foot barge pole!

  8. sanityisback says:

    Good competition!

  9. Bermudian450 says:

    Congrats David. You’re inspiring me to run because Ii think independents will make alll the difference.

  10. Amazed says:

    It always amazes me how many people come on these blogs and think that they know better than everyone else what is best for Bermuda. These are the same people who have never done Jack, but you have at least entered the fray to attempt to do something and for this I applaud both of the independents.
    Good luck to you both.