Constituency #35: Sandys North Central

| August 12, 2012

[UPDATE Dec 17: Election Results] The incumbent Dennis Lister [PLP] has defeated Nadia Hamza [OBA].

The incumbent Dennis Lister [PLP] is being challenged by the OBA’s Nadia Hamza. Mr Lister is one of the longest serving politicians running in this election, having held his seat for 23 years after winning it in the 1989 General Election.

In the 2007 General Election, Mr Lister won 66.43% [556-281] of the vote vs the UBP’s Donald Hassell. In the 2003 General Election, Mr Lister won 67% of the vote against Anthony Steede [UBP] who received 33%.

Areas the Sandys North Central constituency compromises of, or is located by, include Nursery Lane, Long Bay Lane, Gilbert Lane, School Lane, Somerset Road, Mangrove Bay Road, East Shore Road, and Church Valley Lane.

Dennis Lister’s bio, as provided by the PLP:

Dennis Lister is one of the longest serving Members of Parliament, having been first elected in the 1989 General Election and has the experience of serving as both an Opposition and Government members.

During the first PLP administration, Mr. Lister served as Minister of Youth & Sport, and as Minister of the Environment. During his appointment as Minister of the Environment he oversaw the restructuring of the Ministry and represented Bermuda at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2003, Mr. Lister returned to the backbench and served on the Sustainable Development Team. Mr. Lister returned to Cabinet in November 2006, and served as the Minister of Works & Engineering until December 2007. During this time he oversaw the opening of the New Material Recycling Plant, the completition of the renovations at the Sylvia Richardson Seniors Home, and the installation of a long term replacement bridge at the Causeway, among other initiatives.

Mr. Lister is currently the Chairman of the Bermuda Land Development Company, and has served as Chairman of the Ports Authority for the past two years.

Mr. Lister’s first business enterprise was in operating a Grocery business in the Sandys community. In 1996, he became part owner and General Manager of the Lister Insurance Agency, Ltd. in Hamilton, a family business established by his uncle Mr. Walter Lister JP, MP. His business interest has expanded to real estate through the acquisition of W.J. Seymour Real Estate Ltd.

The true entrepreneur that he is, he saw opportunity in the “New Green Market” and with partners, formed Bermuda Infrastructure Alliance Ltd. (BIA Ltd.), as a company to promote and market “Green Technology” to Bermuda. Consequently, he has spent the past few years becoming immersed in the Green Technology. BIA Ltd.’s interests range from the generation of Renewable Energy to Electric Transportation. The company has contact with several of the independent electric car and truck manufactures and Mr. Lister has test driven many of their vehicles. As a result of much due diligence, he has teamed up with the Electric Car Company to use their Electric Car that is the perfect vehicle to introduce electric cars to the Islands. Mr. Lister has also spoke on Renewable Energy/Green Technology at Forums in the USA and Caribbean. He believes that “Green Energy Technology” has the potential to reduce the average household expenses if appropriately introduced.

Mr. Lister was born and raised in Sandys Parish. He was educated both locally and in the United States, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Mr. Lister is the husband to the former Miranda Showers and the father of four sons. He believes strongly in the need to strengthen the family and that it is important for fathers to fulfill their role in the lives of their children.

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Nadia Hamza’s bio, as provided by the OBA:

Growing up in Laurel Lane with the Gladys Morrell Nature Reserve as her playground, Nadia Hamza is honoured to have been selected to represent the interests and concerns of the people of Sandys North Central. She fondly remembers crossing the reserve to visit her grandmother who was then the principal of Somerset Primary, and those memories heighten her desire to raise awareness of the issues Sandys is experiencing.

Nadia obtained a BA (Honours) in French at the University College London and then achieved her LLB (Bachelor in Legal Studies) as an accelerated postgraduate degree at City University, London until completing her professional studies at the College of Law, Chester. Nadia has worked for Mello Jones & Martin, as well as Conyers Dill & Pearman, but in late 2010 she started a private practice and opened a Hamilton office in June 2011, proving that determination and perseverance pays.

An advocate for Bermuda’s seniors, Nadia is alarmed at the plight of citizens who for their whole lives have paid into a system that is now failing them. “The least we can do for our seniors is to accord them the respect and dignity they merit and the care they deserve.” She challenges the PLP government who says that it cares about its seniors when it shows so little care and compassion.

Nadia enjoys life and spends her free time involved in her community singing, and volunteering at the SPCA or with YouthNet. She has served as a commissioner on the Commission for Unity and Racial Equality and is an active member of the BMDS.

Under the OBA, Nadia believes that the key principles of responsibility, integrity and service will be restored. “I can no longer stand on the sidelines. I cannot, in good conscience, stand by and do nothing: doing nothing is not an option when Bermuda is in such real crisis on every level”.

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Constituency boundary map, click to enlarge:

Category: Constituency, Won by the PLP in 2012

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