OBA Confirm #33 Candidate: Georgia Marshall

October 22, 2014

[Updated with video] The One Bermuda Alliance announced that Georgia Marshall will be their candidate in the upcoming bye-election in Constituency #33 Sandys South, which will be held on November 18th.

The announcement was made at a press conference in Somerset today [Oct 22], which is still underway, and we will update with the video and full statement as able.

Those present at this morning’s rollout include Premier Michael Dunkley, MP Craig Cannonier, MP Nandi Outerbridge, MP Glenn Smith, Senator Lynne Woolridge, Senator Jeff Baron and Toni Daniels.

Flyer provided at this morning’s press conference, click to enlarge

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The retirement of Independent MP Terry Lister paved the way for the bye-election, with Mr. Lister — who has represented Sandys South since he was first elected in 1998 – announcing his retirement on September 23rd.

Sandys South has a strong history of voting PLP for decades, having elected the PLP candidate[s] in the 2012, 2007, 2003. 1998, 1993, 1989, 1985, 1983, 1980, 1976, and 1972 General Elections.

Past Election Results In Sandys South:

The 2012 General Election saw Terry Lister win 56.62% [516-397] of the vote against the OBA’s Toni Spring who received 43.48% of the vote.

The 2007 General Election saw Terry Lister win 60.96% [556-346] of the vote against the UBP’s Alvin Wilson who received 39.04% of the vote.

The 2003 General Election saw Terry Lister win 62.00% of the vote against the UBP’s Ted Gauntlett who received 38.00% of the vote.

The 1998 General Election saw the PLP’s Terry Lister and Walter Lister win with 1,304 and 1,285 votes – compared to 438 and 438 for the UBP’s Rita Grant and Ted Gauntlet.

The 1993 General Election saw the PLP’s Walter Lister and Walter Roberts win with 1,144 and 1,109 votes – compared to the 466 and 447 for the UBP’s Ralph Richardson and Ted Gauntlet.

The 1989 General Election saw the PLP’s Walter Lister and Walter Roberts win with 955 and 949 votes – compared to 411 and 428 for the UBP’s John Harvey and L. Scott, and 68 for the NLP’s Roseclair Evans.

The 1985 General Election saw the PLP’s Walter Lister and Walter Roberts win with 737 and 730 votes – compared to 486 and 489 for the UBP’s Lawrence Scott and John Harvey, and 84 for the NLP’s Rose Evans.

The 1983 General Election saw the PLP’s Walter Lister and Walter Roberts PLP win with 900 and 904 votes – compared to 579 and 602 for the UBP’s Kim Swan and John Harvey.

The 1980 General Election saw the PLP’s Walter Lister and Walter Roberts win with 873 and 892 votes – compared to 599 and 599 for the UBP’s Colin Pearman and Paul Leseur.

The 1976 General Election saw the PLP’s Walter Lister and Walter Roberts win with 744 and 771 votes – compared to 335 and 310 for the UBP’s Asquith Phillips and Marlene Butterfield.

The 1972 General Election saw the PLP’s Walter Roberts and Eugene Cox win with 677 and 668 votes – compared to 321 and 345 for the UBP’s Asquith Phillips and Junius Burrows.

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Update 12.27pm: Ms. Marshall delivered a speech confirming her candidacy, asking the people of Sandys South to elect her in the upcoming by-election.

Ms. Marshall’s full statement follows below:

Premier Dunkley, Chair Woolridge, members of the media, ladies and gentlemen,

Good afternoon. Thank you for coming today as I announce my candidacy for the One Bermuda Alliance to be the representative in Parliament for Constituency #33, Sandys South.

For those of you I haven’t met, my name is Georgia Marshall. Today I humbly ask the people of Sandys South to elect me as your representative in Parliament in the bye-election on 18th of November.

For the last 28 years I have lived and raised my family in Sandys. This is my home and has been the home of my extended family for 4 generations.

I may be new to local and but politics but I am no stranger to hard work, solving difficult problems and understanding the challenges that face Bermuda and Bermudians.

In my professional life, I have worked tirelessly as a matrimonial attorney. Every day I listen to the struggles and challenges of families from all walks of life and I do my best to help them find solutions, often in very difficult circumstances.
My roots are humble but proud. My mother and father were factory workers who each held down two jobs, rarely coming home until late at night. They knew the value of hard work and the importance of education if their children were to have a better future.

Of my entire extended family, I was the only child who made it to university and only then because of the support and sacrifice of my parents, and student loans, for which I am grateful. I know how it feels to struggle.

I am running as the candidate in Sandys South as I wish to give back to my community. Given the opportunity, I will devote my time and energy to representing your interests.

While I know and respect many MPs from the PLP and the OBA, I have never previously been a member of any political party. My vote helped to usher in change in 1998 and again in 2012.

I believe that it is good for voters and our democracy to have choices and those who have the privilege of serving should never take the electorate for granted. I will work hard for your vote and will continue to work hard for those I will represent to keep the vote. I intend to work hard for constituency #33.

I believe that to be an effective MP, no matter how eloquent you might be or how good your own ideas are, you need a good team who listens, supports you, constructively debates issues, shares a positive vision for Bermuda and tries its best to improve the lives of all Bermudians.

I am happy to be the newest member of the OBA team which espouses these values. I am drawn to the OBA because they have the fortitude to tell Bermudians what we need to hear, not what we want to hear. I have seen that the OBA provides opportunities for the free exchange of ideas and consultation and then is prepared to do the difficult things that need to be done, rather than repeating the mistakes of the past.

I want to be part of the recovery, helping to usher in policies and initiatives that reduce our debilitating deficit, that stimulate the creation of good jobs and that will help Bermuda return to its prosperity of the recent past. I want to contribute my energy and ideas to the recovery and will ask for your support on the 18th of November.

It will be my privilege and honour to represent the Bermudians in Sandys South in Parliament as we work to move Bermuda forward.

Thank you to Premier Dunkley and the members of the One Bermuda Alliance for giving me this opportunity to serve all Bermudians.

Thank you.

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Update 2.08pm: Video of this morning’s press conference

For all our coverage on the upcoming Sandys South bye-election click here.

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  1. SMH says:

    Great choice! Georgia’s well know in the business community, she’s a mother, she does a lot of community service work, she’s represented parents right for the under privileged. The face a the new Bermuda

    • Yea ok 2000 job promise says:

      Great choice for a sacrificial lamb. This is the best you could do oba.

      • SMH says:

        ..and sadly, you’re the face of the old, narrow minded, Bermuda

      • High Road says:

        you probably felt the same about Glen Smith on Dec 12

        • Not happy with my vote says:

          Actually MP Smith visited my home almost 3 times last election. Now every time I see him he’s giving me more excuses then visits.

          I had high hopes for the OBA.

      • hmmm says:

        has it been 5 years?

      • Yea ok 2000 job promise says:

        Why is Craig still hanging around you people, didn’t you just kick him out as Premier.

      • Cleancut says:

        You wait until you see what the best the PLP have. JS ha! Ha!

        • SMH says:

          Surely you don’t mean Jamahl Simmons? He was disgraced and had to resign from being the PLP spokeman because of offensive tweets he send. Please tell me you’re kidding because the idea of him sitting in parliament, especially with Bermuda in the state it’s in, would be nothing short of a nightmare. The PLP are too smart to put someone that awful in.

    • pebblebeach says:

      I bet those X husbands cannot wait to vote for her.

    • Shame on OBA says:

      Typical – business as usual – some people don’t have electricity, cable and or insurance to repair their homes.

      OBA seems to care only about politics (firsting the PLP) and shafting the Bermudians.

      Georgia should be ashamed of herself putting herself up before we get our lives back on track. Bet she has Marshalls to clean up her debris and is insured up to the maximum, while many Bermudians struggle to buy food.

      • SMH says:

        Shame on OBA?…shame on you. NO ONE shafted Bermudians like the PLP, NO ONE! The sold us out to foreign lenders so now while you ‘re clearing up the mess, think about the fact that Bermuda is no longer owned 100% by Bermudians. Feeling a little more shafted now??

        • BETTTY TRUMP says:

          Stand Strong People. Stand up and vote PLP !!

          • 32n64w says:

            A vote for the PLP is a vote for continued financial slavery.

          • Tough love's hate knows no boundaries says:

            So the PLP can finish their job of selling off Bermuda to foreign lenders?

      • PBanks says:

        PLP’s expected to name their candidate as early as tomorrow. So this isn’t an OBA thing in the slightest.

    • Charged says:

      Georgia who? what community work. Novice to politics.

    • Moo says:

      You know what is sad about all of this. They come from no where in the community and they lose and you never hear from them again. But over the next few weeks we will hear how committed they are.

  2. Chartery says:

    Very strong candidate.

  3. slouching says:

    this is a bad look for the oba, they are really out of touch.

  4. Remain optimistic Georgia, who would have thought Paul Cox would have loss her seat in Devonshire to the O.B.A…

  5. watching says:

    She is taking one for the team! She has no chance.

    • They’re 50/50, just like any other person who may decide to “throw their hat into the ring”

      • BETTTY TRUMP says:

        Sounds like your not certain Ray and the other OBAubp folks. Stand strong and vote PLP !!

        • If you and some others haven’t learnt by now that in politics it’s always 50/50%. Yes sir, “the truth does comes out in the pudding”

        • Cleancut says:

          We did “stand strong” for the PLP, but they didn’t “stand strong” for us. Instead they messed us up.

  6. js says:

    Georgia Marshall is part of a family that has lived in Constituency 33 for 4 generations

    is she running or is the family running

    it says she met her husband in law school in Canada

    not that it matters but I presume she must originally be from Canada and came to Bermuda as a spouse of a Bermudian

    interesting choice for a candidate in a PLP stronghold

    good luck to yeah

  7. Lol says:

    Craig Resufaces. What a guy!

  8. Me says:

    Maybe I’ve missed it but who has the PLP chosen?

  9. Kenik says:

    Wow! Impressive. She’s a striong woman. Glad to see she’s jumped in.

    • Hot pants says:

      Will lose and get a senate seat. Let’s see. will they dump Swan?

  10. real talk says:

    she does lot for the community all right……ask anyone who as been in court with her!

    • Hot pants says:

      List her accomplishments outside of divorce proceedings? Not academic. What has she done or ever written or spoken about? I don’t recall a thing and could not find a thing when I googled.

  11. DITTO – great choice !

  12. voter says:

    as far as I can see – privileged protecting their own interest.

    Privatization is main agenda. Not social community programs.

    • SMH says:

      voter…remind me how the PLP protected your and the rest of Bermudians interest? Oh, that’s right, they only protected the elected elites interests…have you been invited to Martha’s Vineyard yet?

      • voter says:

        she’s a divorce specialist lawyer, for God’s sake.

        • voter says:

          not a great person for unity?

          • jt says:

            You cannot be this thick…or is that humour?

            • hmmm says:

              Mediated divorces.

              Means she helps parties come to a common understanding and agreement.

              That is a great skill. Great for politics.

        • Build a Better Bermuda says:

          Mediates a solution between 2 bickering parties… sounds like politics

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      Protecting privileged?? How did you come to that conclusion, have you met her, talked to her… or did you just look at the colour of her skin… her family name… assume that this will be her goal because she is OBA and that is what the PLP tell us they do??? Let’s not forget who already privatized a government service to a high placed party member without an RFP and sold this country to foreign lenders to cover their financial mis-management and ineptitude. Who left this country with no money to fully finance itself, much less any social programs.

  13. hmmm says:

    I’m guessing that the dislikes are from people who know that Georgia represents a great choice for her home constituency. I’m sure she thanks you for your approval. Why else could you dislike the SMH comment?

  14. Non 33 Voter says:

    Amazing lady! Wish I could vote for you to be my MP!

  15. ERJ says:

    Huge surprise….. interesting. I’m glad it’s someone from the area. I think she’s a quality candidate.

  16. Conservatively UBP says:

    Dear Ms. Marshall,

    Thought your practice was going well, why waste time on a sinking ship?

    The OBA journey is about to end in 24 months so why mix up your good name Kenny, Leah, Sylvain, Toni etc etc all these new faces did nothing to improve our lives, find it hard to believe your presence in OBA Caucus will change the tone of your Party.

    All the same, hoping you can make a change.

    Conservatively UBP

  17. Second says:

    Excellent choice. A strong woman with a high degree of integrity. An asset to the OBA & #33 for sure! Good luck Mrs. Marshall!

  18. Triangle Drifter says:

    If only the voters could votes soley on content of character & proven ability she would be in by a landslide.

    Sadly this is Bermuda & voter maturity has not advanced to that stage.

    One can only dream for that day to come.

    • watching says:

      How can you make that comment without even knowing the PLP candidate?

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        Face it. In some areas the PLP could put Daffy Duck on the ballot. The PLP supporters would vote him in.

        Look at some of the MPs they have put in Any better than Daffy?

        • ONe Term says:

          Same thing goes with the oba/ubp running a white rabbit. Bugs Bunny will win in any oba/ubp yard.

          • Build a Better Bermuda says:

            Interesting choice of character to counter with, Bugs has always proven to be more intelligent than Daffy, and usually stands up for the little guy, while Daffy is self absorbed.

      • hmmm says:

        those that have been rumoured don’t hold a candle to this lady.

    • swing voter says:

      Glen Smith and others have already proven you are W-R-O-N-G Close your mouth and open your mind TD

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        Oh I hope that I am wrong. swing voter. It would be a sign that the Bermuda voter is maturing.

  19. PLP supporter says:

    I wish the PLP could field candidates like this, but unfortunately we can’t. It would be good to see her as an MP representing her constituency. She is a high-quality person.

    • Rumour has it that they are fielding Mr. J. Simmons

    • Peggy Burns says:

      PLP supporter, my you know what!

      You are either an OBA diehard or you are a returning 2012 political prostitute ready to $ell the last remnant of your soul, cheaply.

      AN ALERT: Folks, the OBA have started their campaign of deception already–just as they did pre-election 2012. REMEMBER how they exploited the vulnerable/those of low estate with their filthy lucre to steal the reins of government. Over the next 600 hours be prepared to endure the turbulent sea of deception, and be very careful not to be overcome by it.

      “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. So, folks, do not forget OBA’s History Lesson 2012.

  20. Rhonda says:

    the OBAers are out in force with their scripted words or endearment… can it get anymore sterile or phony…

    • SMH says:

      The comments are mainly about what a good person she is and why that makes her a good candidate for politics. Not sure where scripted and sterile comes into it?

    • 32n64w says:

      As is the norm, a core PLP supporter adds no value to the discussion. Much like their 14 years in Government. All talk, no action, huge debt, nothing to show for it.

    • hmmm says:

      So say the PLP.

      Persoanlly I’ve never met the lady, nor am I from the OBA, but I have heard of her work ethic and determination and it is a huge positive.

      • ONe Term says:

        She’s a divorce lawyer so in this case one side wins and one side gets taken to the bank to pay up. If she does win all the PLP voters in her area are F O X. :)

    • Hot pants says:

      MAYBE THEY ARE BEING PAID

  21. bermy boy says:

    sorry to say tri drifter. But party politics does not work that way..thou you may like the character or a potential candidate you are ultimately voting for a party and in case you haven’t noticed the party she is representing isn’t doing so hot>>good luck to her thou..OBA need more MS Marshalls to turn things around.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Agreed that the OBA is not cleaning up the PLP experiment disaster as fast as has been hoped however there is no way that Bermuda can afford another PLP reign of terror. Progress is being made despite the PLPs best efforts to derail the OBA recovery train.

      • Walks like a Duck says:

        The OBA has no clue which track to run the train on.

  22. Rhonda says:

    politics 101 OBA talking points…… great, strong, qualified, the descriptive buzzed words to use….

    • 32n64w says:

      Shame for you these alleged buzz words happen to ring true.

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      And the PLP buzz words are; anti-Bermudian, pro-foreigner, demonic, only out for big business, walks over the little guy, without conscience… please stop acting like the PLP don’t employ the tactics you cause the OBA of using, it insults social intelligence.

  23. slouching says:

    i’m a paid blogger and i’d like to say that ms marshall is a high quality person and that bermuda needs people like her to help turn us around, f only the voters could votes soley on content of character & proven ability she would be in by a landslide.

    • NAUGHTY NAUGHTY says:

      SO WHY WILL SHE LOSE?

    • Moo says:

      Silliest comment I ever read. win by a landslide and you don’t even know who the other candidate is. what a joke and shows how deep prejudice is.

  24. Me says:

    if plp does not put in an exceptional candidate, I know who I’m voting for. Mr Lister did a lot for const 33.

  25. oba wasted my vote says:

    Don’t be fooled people the OBA already wasted my vote. They make promises and brake them months later.

    • Sandgrownan says:

      Break.

      People would take you more seriously if you could spell.

    • aceboy says:

      Unlike the PLP who kept all promises.

    • Red Ferrari says:

      The oba/UBP came in like a red ferrari last election then jammed on the brakes as soon as they left Auto Zone. Next time drive the black ferrari or did you run out of those cars?

  26. watching says:

    Is it mandatory that they were red to all rollouts?

    • PBanks says:

      It’s essentially their ‘club colours’. Encouraged, more than anything. And also, nothing new at all. PLP Green, OBA Red.

    • As do the Progressive Labour Party, by wearing the colour green… Is it mandatory for them to wear “green”?

  27. aceboy says:

    Keep the fists up Georgia and duck and weave…duck and weave.

    • NAUGHTY NAUGHTY says:

      DUCK, WEAVE AND GET THE CHAMPAGNE READY TO GO HOME AS A LOSER. WHAT A SAD CHOICE. WHO KNOWS HER IN SOMERSET?

  28. swing voter says:

    C33 will determine where our heads are at as a country. Vote for person or party. What do I need done in my backyard and who will get it done. What does this country need right now and who is the best person to make things happen……hummmmmmm this bi-election will be a true gauge of democratic and political maturity

  29. #33 Area Voter says:

    Quick question – - first I read her speech and then read the OBA pamphlet (both above in the article) and they ARE NOT ALIGNED IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM. That bothers me – which one am I to believe? Ms. Marshall, can you provide clarity? Thanks

    Area Voter

    • hmmm says:

      For example?

    • SMH says:

      Huh? I just read the transcrpts. What are you talking about? I don’t see any misalignment. The PLP green koolaid machine is really starting to sweat about this choice

  30. No name says:

    Ms. Marshall is a force to be reckoned with! She’s a QUALITY candidate. No question.

  31. Wondering says:

    Maybe Makai is running against Ms.Marshall.
    Ganga tea on the agenda.
    Maybe Ms.Paula Cox.
    She wants back in.
    Maybe another Lister.
    Keep it in the family.
    The Opposition did nothing for Somerset,the streets were overgrown with weeds,potholes in the roads.You know what,the Somerset people will probably vote the PLP rep,in again and we all know why.

  32. Christopher James says:

    PLP will come up with someone who will appeal to the less intelligent of course. Who will lie to the people of course. And who, if elected, will take everyone for a self indulgent rip-off ride. Just like the Pot Loving Party did from 98 – 2012.

  33. Come On Man says:

    One of the problems this country has,is that it is being run by doctors & lawyers.

  34. more than enough says:

    Where is she from? I hear a canadian accent.

  35. Balanced Facts says:

    This will be tough one for OBA to make in roads on, PLP zealots live there en mass and will vote green no matter what! One thing we must all get behind is keeping Marc Bean as the PLP Leader…he can make all the difference!

  36. Peggy Burns says:

    I was not impressed with her presentation–same old, same old UBP/OBA mantra. It sorely lacked substance, solutions and genuine sincerity. All she could talk about is fixing the bridge and cleaning up mess. What about finding employment for the unemployed and addressing the social ills in #33 and beyond. Then we would, indeed, all be in the same boat. If Bermuda is at such crossroads it is certainly not going to take one with CULTURAL and POLITICAL AIDS to provide an antidote to our problems.

    CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS PLP on your win in #33!

    • eegrant says:

      ahem….you are the social problem. you should make a sign about it.