Videos: PLP, OBA Candidates After Bye-Election

November 18, 2014

The PLP’s Jamahl Simmons won the bye-election in Constituency #33 Sandys South this evening [Nov 18], defeating the OBA’s Georgia Marshall, winning 462 votes [58.18%] to the OBA’s 326 [41.05%], with 6 spoiled ballots [0.75%].

Mr. Simmons holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and began his career as a broadcast journalist with VSB News.

He previously served as the PR Director at the Fairmont Southampton, the Press Secretary to former Premier Dr Ewart Brown, and a UBP Member of Parliament from 2002 – 2007.

After the results were announced this evening, Mr. Simmons told his jubilant supporters, “One of my constituents who came out today, a famous radio announcer many people know, he had a unique catch phrase…he used to say ‘And I’m back’.

“First, I would like to give thanks to God to all whom is due, but the victory is not mine, it is the people of Constituency #33, and it is for the hard work of the team of Constituency #33, and all the people who came from across the island to help us….thank you.

“Today, we hit the ground running and start working, because the people deserve a working representative, and they deserve a voice who will fight for our people…”

In a statement after this evening’s bye-election, OBA candidate Georgia Marshall said: “Let me thank the voters of Sandys South for their welcoming reception on the doorstep.

“It has been one of the most humbling and enriching experiences of my life. It has been an honour and a privilege to run as the OBA candidate in Sandys South.

“Despite losing, I will continue to address local and national issues so that we can continue making a positive difference in the lives of all Bermudians – supporting job growth and working to ensure safe communities.”

Ms Marshall thanked her bye-election team and the OBA members for their support, encouragement and assistance and vowed to continue supporting the Government in their efforts.

She added: “Let me especially thank my husband, Tim and all of our family and friends who have been so supportive and encouraging.”

This bye-election followed the resignation of Terry Lister, who was originally elected under the PLP, but later left the party to sit as an Independent.

The OBA won the 2012 General Election with 19 seats to the PLP’s 17, however when Mr. Lister resigned from the PLP last year it changed the breakdown in the House to 19 OBA, 16 PLP and 1 Independent, and with Mr Simmons victory, the House now reverts back to 19-17.

This result continues Sandys South’s strong history of voting PLP, with the area having elected the PLP candidate[s] in the 2012, 2007, 2003. 1998, 1993, 1989, 1985, 1983, 1980, 1976, and 1972 General Elections.

The past election results for Sandys South follow below:

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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  1. Coffee says:

    Huge congratulations to Jamahl ,his lovely wife and partner Sherrie and their children .
    From Coffee and the entire family !

  2. Sky Pilot says:

    and so sealing the fate of the plp!

  3. Darlene Rogers says:

    All the way PLP!! PLP all the way.. Congrats Jamhal. Now show the PBA how it’s done. To put the people (here) first.

    • hmmm says:

      OBA puts the people first. Everything they are doing is putting the people first for the short, medium and long term.

      Who put the people first by spending 24million instead of 4m recently????? hmmm

      Who put the people first with faith based tourism.

      You think the PLP put people first.

      How many of them swarmed 33 for this election, how many of them normally there ? They put power and themselves first, not you.

      Congratulations to Jamahl.

  4. Hurricane says:

    I wouldn’t worry too much if I were OBA ; only a matter of time before he’s on your side of the isle. He wouldn’t be being himself if he didn’t cross over. To quote a regular blogger, “sad but true” :-(

  5. Change has come says:

    Congratulations Jamhal and congratulations Somerset for having faith in the PLP… Not let’s get to work…Bermuda for Bermudians..

  6. Jim Bean says:

    OBA will win the next general election for sure. PLP is becoming more radical and alienating the middle

  7. And I'm sticking to it says:

    I must say Mrs Marshall portrays much class for her well wishes. I wish more politicians would take note.

  8. Need Peace says:

    Congratulations Jamahl!!!!!!!! To achieve a good government, a good, effective oppoposition is necessary. I only wish for the PLP to attain more seats in Parliament so there could be the ultimate democracy. It is apparent that the OBA are weak and grasping at any initiatives presented to them without research. This is dangerous and could further erode Bemuda as we know it. OBA is not ready as a government, like it or not an effective opposition is necessary.

    • A Better Bermuda says:

      Thanks for my laugh of the day…ultimate democracy. Riches for members of the elite, homes in Martha’s Vineyard and $2B in debt for the rest of us