Sullivan To Run In By-Election

October 4, 2011

David J Sullivan, JP Esq.David Sullivan has confirmed he will contest the upcoming Devonshire South Central by-election.

Mr Sullivan will stand as an Independent, and go up against the OBA’s Craig Cannonier and PLP’s Anthony Richardson on November 1st.

In announcing his intentions Mr. Sullivan said, “After consulting widely with the constituents of Devonshire South Central I have been encouraged to provide a real choice for the voters of this constituency”.

“The blatant disregard by both the ruling party and the newly formed political party to assume that they could send any candidate from outside the constituency and the voters would just settle for it was a gross miscalculation.”

Mr. Sullivan has served the political process since 1981 performing as a party member and as a candidate. The President and owner of Sun Control Limited, Mr. Sullivan ran for the UBP in the 2007 General Election against Derrick Burgess in Hamilton East.

Mr. Sullivan stated “I am fully aware of the additional challenges that an independent candidate incurs in running. However the party system is clearly broken and is in dire need of repair.”

“We only need to look at the recent primary processes undertaken by the PLP to see the disarray in that organization. The Opposition was elected by some 16,000 voters island wide (47%) in the 2007 election, Since that time those elected opposition members have been through no less than three different parties. Two in the last six months!”

“The voters of Devonshire South Central have a proud history of consistency and of sending qualified persons to represent them in the House of Assembly. They should not be victims of the political party system gone amuck!. They should not be forced to settle for a candidate. They have the right to a choice.”

“Parachuting of candidates into a constituency has proven to be very unsuccessful. Frankly, I am surprised that the newest political party, for all its protests that it is not the UBP, would embrace one of the major failed policies of the now defunct UBP.”

“Bermuda and more particularly Devonshire South Central is our home. It is where we live, work, buy groceries, raised our children, as well as grandchildren and put to rest many of our family members.” I will not be a representative who drives through the constituency twice a day. I am a constituent like the people I intend to represent.”

Scheduled for November 1st, the by-election was called due to the resignation of John Barritt, who had promised to step down if the newly elected OBA leader was not an elected MP.

On Sept.10 Senator Craig Cannonier was elected the new OBA Leader, and on Sept.15 Mr Barritt submitted his resignations as Devonshire South Central MP and Leader of the Opposition.

Mr Barritt has held the seat for 18 years, winning a large percentage of the vote in the four general elections he contested. In 2007 election, Mr Barritt received 85% of the vote [723 to 122] against the PLP’s Linda Merritt. In 2003, Mr Barritt garnered 90% of the vote [747 to 83] against the PLP’s Dorothy Burch.

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  1. Motts Apple Sauce says:

    “The voters of Devonshire South Central have a proud history of consistency and of sending qualified persons to represent them in the House of Assembly. They should not be victims of the political party system gone amuck!. They should not be forced to settle for a candidate. They have the right to a choice.”

    Let the games begin.

    • Maddog says:

      What has MR BARRITT done in that consistency beside being WHITE. hmmmmmmm.

      • Michael Dunkley...the milkman says:

        I am sorry Maddog I am not going to let this comment go without a counter. I live in the constituency all my life and have worked with Mr. Barritt for a number of years and I disagree with your comment about what he has done. You are correct on only one part…he is white and so what? John has worked incredibly hard for the people of # 12 and Bermuda. He canvasses on a regular basis even in non election years and is always available to work for the people. If you do not believe me go out and ask people in the area, he even came to my house for regular visits !
        I assume you do not live in the area and I trust you are now well informed. If we had more people like John Barritt coming forward to work for the people this island would be much better off.

        • Warrior Queen says:

          Well, I have lived in that constituency for 10 years and Mr. Barritt never approached me and my family. Oh I forgot, I am black so maybe that is why.

          • Wondering says:

            I am so tired of black/white/brown/purple/pink. I live in St. David’s – no not a transplant – a Mohawk (we don’t look at color, we look at the heart). When PLP were canvassing – guess whose house they didn’t come to, they looked, they saw, they turned their heads and walked on .. Well Bye’s – keep right to heck on walking or whatever the heck you do. Lost your vote – actually I never voted for you…. so, now you know where my tick will be placed….

          • omy says:

            That is the problem with Bermuda. The race card is always played. I am black, I am white. Get over it and stop playing the race card. Idiots There is more racism in Bermuda than all the countries I have lived in and it is getting worse by the day

          • Black Soil says:

            I lived one summer in Warwick and once I almost ran over John as he was comming up my lane. Don’t know if he was canvassing, but my neighbours spoke of his visits.

          • LOL (original) says:

            I’ve never even seen a PLP candidate in my hood except speeding by in the GP’s.


        • Can't Take It Anymore says:

          So what has he done? Because you have yet to name anything?

  2. Goodluck says:

    Hmmm…verrrrrry interesting i do say.

  3. Not OK says:

    “The blatant disregard by both the ruling party and the newly formed political party to assume that they could send any candidate from outside the constituency and the voters would just settle for it was a gross miscalculation.”

    Mr. Sullivan ran for the UBP in the 2007 General Election against Derrick Burgess in Hamilton East.

    Do as I say not as I do is it Mr Sullivan. If you really believed in what you spouted, you would have not run in Hamilton East in 2007

    Me, me, me, me ,me, me look at me…. perhaps one is jealous.

    • PEPPER says:

      not ok…I agree with you David sullivan does not impress me at all…he is still pissed off that the U.B.P. DOES NO LONGER EXIST….He needs to pull the shutters down and say good night ……enough of him

      • Black Soil says:

        David Sullivan is Bermuda’s version of the Tea Party.

    • Back 4 more licks says:

      When he ran against Mp Derrick Burgess in 2007, he got beat like a dusty rug on the election day. Does anyone remember how many votes he received? Bernews any info on the results of 2007?

  4. 32n64w says:

    “Bermuda and more particularly Devonshire South Central is our home. It is where we live, work, buy groceries, raised our children, as well as grandchildren and put to rest many of our family members.”

    “Parachuting of candidates into a constituency has proven to be very unsuccessful”

    “Mr. Sullivan ran for the UBP in the 2007 General Election against Derrick Burgess in Hamilton East.”

    Um … so where was Mr. Sullivan living in 2007?

    • LaVerne Furbert says:

      More importantly, why was Mr. Sullivan the UBP candidate for Constituency 5? Obviously Sullivan used to be “party” man.

      • Rob says:

        He will be partying when his vote count comes in, which my guess will be around eighty “8″ OR maybe more! ninety.

        • Hey wait a minute? says:

          Hey didn’t Leverne receive 7 votes opps I mean 8 forgot to add the one when she voted for herself.

          • LOL (original) says:

            Obviously she is a “party” woman with little support.

            don’t dish out what you can’t take.

          • Party Pooh! says:

            Wait! You forgot her shadow and now her votes have increase by one.

      • Party Pooh! says:

        Take a break you took a licking ha,ha,ha! Ouch!, how many votes did you get?

  5. Terry says:

    He was living at 32.98 N- 64.Crawl W………

  6. Jay says:

    I suspect that when Mr Sullivan speaks of candidates being parachuted in from outside the constituency, he means regardless of whether the local branch is happy with the arrangement.

    Really he’s done Mr Cannonier a favour, as it gives him an opportunity to cut his political teeth and show what he’s made of. Sullivan has also done the OBA a favour, as if Cannonier can’t beat an independent then he is clearly no good as a leader

    • Terry says:

      Irony is Jay,if you put Cannonier up against John Gibbons, Gibbons would win hands down. No disrespect to Mr. Cannonier just an opinion.

  7. Jus' Askin' says:

    When David wins OBA can kiss there “leader” good bye. And who will replace Craig? Hmmmmm ;-)

    • PEPPER says:

      Just askin,I think Michael Dunkley would have been the better choice…as leader but we live in BDA,and everthing is based on the colour of your skin so we had to have a black man with no experince…to try to get this Island back on track…

      • Ross says:

        @ Pepper – Since the beginning of time ..sorry that times have changed and your comfy world has been turned upside down..OMG, what will you do?

        • What says:

          Bermuda is in crisis, all Bermudians have had their world turned upside down.

    • Truth be told says:

      Ooooh, I like where your head is at! I so wish Michael Dunkley could lead this country. I know I am not alone with this wish. We need a good businessman who will be able to run this country as a business…not as a sinking ship throwing lead weights as life boats.

      • Ross says:

        He owns a monopoly…Do we really know that he is a good businessman? Well do you?

        • GMS says:

          Last I checked, anyone is free to set up a competing dairy operation and prove that he is not a good businessman. Are you up for it, Ross?

          He seems to do alright on the food wholesale side of his business, where he has a few competitors.

        • Michael Dunkley...the milkman says:

          Hi Ross…give me a call and I am happy to show you around the business that we have built over the years and let you judge from a informed position. I can be reached on my cell # 734-8153. I look forward to hearing from you.

          • GMS says:


            Please let us know how it goes with the guided tour that Mr Dunkley is offering.

          • Jus' Askin' says:

            Why are you guys (OBA/UBP) wasting time with Craig? hmmmm ;-)

          • LOL says:

            Perhaps Ross you should invite the health department to accompany you to make sure its….

        • Truth says:

          What exactly is stopping someone else from setting up their own dairy business?

          • Triangle Drifter says:

            Economy of scale.

          • Red Flag says:

            Please note that the opportunity to open up a dairy to compete with Dunkelys was not available pre 1998, that door was only opened after the PLP removed all the red tape that allowed the Dunkely family a monopoly for so many years.

            • Rockfish#1and#2 says:

              @ Red Flag,
              Proof please!

              • LOL (original) says:

                Then after 98′ why have there not been hundreds of applicants with thought out business plans for a new dairy? Why not attack Belco? Right politics…………

                LOL would like to see the proof Rockfish is asking about as well.

            • Downsized says:

              @ Red Flag

              Please Spare Me !! Show us the Proof if not that is More Urban Myth Masquerading as Fact. What is it?? Tell a Lie Long enough and some will believe it as the truth!! So why haven’t you as an individual teamed up with others to open up a Dairy and put The Dunkleys out of business now that the Red Tape has been removed??? ….. I’m Waiting!!

              Let me get this straight now!! The PLP removed the Red Tape so that the Dunkley’s Dairy Monopoly (Giggle) employing what Twenty/Thirty People ??? could be Smashed yet none of the Blinkered Crew – (Red Flag & other PLPites) have taken the opportunity to do so!! … OK!! So why has the PLP added More Red Tape to the IB sector etc that directly and indirectly employs tens of thousands of Bermudians/Expats – and as such has helped to drive away many IB firms/jobs costing thousands of jobs?? Clueless Supporters = Equally Clueless Govt.

              I cant Wait to vote the PLP in again so that they can ensure our Newly Acquired Third World Status wont be changed in the next Ten Generations… or ever :o )

    • What says:

      If the voters of Devonshire South Central want someone to have a passing say in the affairs of Devonshire South Central then they will vote for this guy. If they want someone to have influence on what happens in Devonshire South Central, plus make their vote count towards saving Bermuda, then they will vote for CC. If they want the reset dial we are experiencing, then they will vote for PLP.

    • Down 'n' Dirty says:

      What a gas that’ll be .

  8. Very Concerned Bermudian says:

    I would vote for a dog turd if it got the PLP out. Laverne can stick that where the sun don’t shine!

    The effing PLP has ruined this country pure and simple. Their rule based on lying , cheating, and racism is almost over thank Ewart!

    • Got to go says:

      I can’t stand the PLP and wish they would just get out! However, that comment was very disrespectful. I know that Senator Furbert irks a lot of people and she also shows disrespect with some of her comments, but I think what you said goes a bit far. I’m just sayin.

      • Very Concerned Bermudian says:

        The time for being respectful is way past. PLP knows all about disrespect – they are experts at it. I’d just hate to lose to PLP once again by being respectful. We need to go for the jugular and expose them for the liars and cheats they are.

        You earn respect – PLP hasn’t and never will earn mine.

        However, I do respect your opinion.

  9. Clinton J.A. Paynter OBA Affiliated says:

    When David wins… is that an attempt at levity?

    • Looney Tunes says:

      No Clinton, you winning against the Dame would be “levity”

    • Jus' Askin' says:

      Seriusly Clinton, What the hell is OBA going to do for Bermuda? Voting them in at this time would be like ‘drilling a hole in the bottom of a oayt to let the water out’. At this time the only thing the OBA has going for it is, it’s an alternative to the PLP. I must say that is sad m8. OBA as is has no reason to believe they can win the next election. I only hope more independents come forward. OBA is the perfect example of ‘levity’ hmmmm ;-)

      • The Whole Truth!! says:

        Finally someone with some sense, the two party system is just smoke and mirrors!! One party gets in, then the people don’t like the party so they vote in the next party until they eff up; then they vote the other party in again and the cycle continues. Are you seeing my point, the only constant is the puppet masters behind the puppet parties, until we expose them we’ll be doomed no matter which party is in power!! Have you ever wondered why the opposition party no matter which one will always continue the same policies put in place from the ruling party. I thought that to oppose meant to be against, not support the ruling party behind closed doors. We the people are the ones getting played like a fiddle, for the life of me I can’t understand why people don’t see that. We need more independents in the race to bring to the table the real issues we’re facing! Anybody who wants liberty, justice, and equality for all and not the tyranny that I see in the near future. I agree something has to be done but please don’t just vote on party lines, actually listen to what candidates are saying. I’ll admit I’m spoiling my vote unless an independent steps up in my constituency that is talking sense; because I’ve heard what both parties are saying and they’re saying the same things in different ways, check it out for yourself.

        • Jus' Askin' says:

          That is the whole truth – “PLP and OBA are two sides of the same coin” hmmmm ;-)

      • Not OK says:

        The OBA platform will be clearer once the election is announced. As for their goals and aims, look at their website instead of spouting nonense.

        • Curious says:

          Their website is pure nonsense. It says nothing except for, the sky is gray and we’ll make it blue again!

          • Triangle Drifter says:

            Remind us which party up to 48 hours before the last election had not anounced a platform?

            Hint: It was not the UBP.

            • Goodluck says:

              First of all, a platform is not NECESSARY…and second of all the PLP was the first party to ever even have a platform.
              Thirdly, if the PLP won with only having a last minute platform as you suggest, what does that say about their opposition? Pretty dismal, eh?

              • LOL (original) says:

                Founding principles are one thing platform explaining what would be done in the next five years is another.


          • What says:

            You talk absolute twaddle curious.. Get a grip on reality.

          • LOL (original) says:

            Guess reading is not your strong point.


  10. sammy says:

    Sullivan represents everything that is/was wrong with the UBP: hypocritical, bloody minded and not willing to change. Note that not once did he make a fuss when the UBP parachuted in candidates to safe seats. So it is good for Bermuda politics that people like Sullivan run for the UBP or as independents. It will give us a good gauge of how many pathetic UBP types we have left in the country.

  11. Wasn’t he one of the pallbearers for the UBP funeral?
    Sour grapes for sure…OBA won’t have him so he cut a deal wif Richardson to split non PLP vote and hand seat to him. Way to go Sully, helping keep the PLP in power, never thought you had it in you, but there’s lots of you, so its easy to hide…

    • Jay says:

      Thankfully there’s no chance of the PLP winning this seat. It will be a straight fight between Cannonier and Sullivan.

    • Voting Independents says:

      Nasty comments are just NASTY, We appreciate Mr. Sullivan. He is a man of the community a great leader, a man who has proven himself and help raise thousands of dollars for the less fortunate.

  12. LMAO says:

    Sammy, Sullivan Hypocritical, bloody minded sounds like the likes of OBA who all parachuted into the OBA with UBP votes. Sullivan is doing what the past members didn’t do. I wish him well he’s a man of the soil! What we have left is men of integrity, honest integrity not ones that wants to hoodwink us into thinking they can save with day with Sir Gibbons and Sir Swan etc dollars.

    • What says:

      Talking up the independents is the PLPs only hope. So only natural the PLP fols would try and promote independents. Don’t be fooled by the PLP again!

  13. Finally says:

    Finally, the independents are showing up! They are for the voters who can’t vote UBP/OBA and the ones dissatisfied with the way government is governing. With a slate of independents coming to the fore front, we can see that party politics/politricks is a wave of the past. Now we can get men in parliament who want to put Bermuda 1st not themselves or their to grow their businesses.

  14. LOL says:

    I agree that the Independents, with a island wide representatives would be best for Bermuda. Count me in I can vote for an Independent candidate!

  15. Motts Apple Sauce says:

    Any way you slice it…a vote for a independent is a vote for the PLP. You want immediate change but are not satisfied with your options? Then vote independent, that will remove the current government.*snark*

  16. Chart says:

    While the thought of independents stirring the pot is a lovely thought (given the weaknesses of both the PLP and OBA), it is ultimately futile. We have a two party system. A smattering of independents doesn’t break the impasse.

    • c12 voting says:

      Voting for an independent candidate is not a spoil ballet. It is the wave of the future for Bermuda not to have the OBA nor PLP lead in the house of parliament. We need the independents who will be free thinkers and not vote on party lines. We need the independents who will always look out for our interest. Mr. Sullivan has proven himself in my book. A committed community leader and he can win that seat. I will vote for an indpendent candidate because I have been taken for granted by the UBP and the PLP has never come on my doorsteps. Mr. Sullivan, is know in our community as a dependable individual.

  17. specialgirl4 says:

    Good Luck Mr Sullivan, this is a strong UBP turned(change of name) OBA area, it is likely that Mr.Cannioner will be parachuted to leadership position. It will be interesting to see what will happen in the long run, when the parachute comes falling down on Mr.Cannonier. As the saying goes “What goes Up, must come down”.

  18. Keep them Honest says:

    we need more independent candidates for next general election to challenge both parties status qou! that’s why Bermuda is in such a mess… Both parties are to blame, stop blaming UBP! 13 years…and counting can blame all to the other guys

    Ask people how confident they are about this country future!!!

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Many would be much happier with a Governmment of independents voted in by some form of proportional representation system. Do away with the constituencies.

      That is not going to happen anytime soon. We are stuck with political partys for the forseeable future. Accept them.

      Every once in awhile a maverick independent might slip in but David Sullivan is not one of them. His motives for this doomed to failure exercise are best known to him.

      • Keep them Honest says:

        BUT a journey of a 1000 miles starts with this kind of conversation…. move the country to politics that work instead of party politics or race, color, my camp your camp his or her click!!!!!!

        MOVE ON BERMUDA ! keep talking about your country it is healthy, and stop accepting what the politician are telling you..

        Remember : Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers.

        • What says:

          When our country is in the good times, this is the time to consider this type of change.When the country is dying we need to cut out the cancer.

  19. Terry says:

    Irony is ‘Keep then Honest’ is the fact that a river still runs through it……..

  20. Terry says:

    Hey…..To each his. He can parachute anywhere he wants but Sully ain’t no Sullenberger. He may just end up in Spittal Pond and all will be well………

  21. Goodluck says:

    Cannonier has been super quiet lately…

    • navin johnson says:

      Not if you run into him on the street…he is very forceful and impressive….he has a big stake in the future of Bermuda and cares a lot…..

  22. Cedar Beams (Original) says:

    Having known David for over 30 years, I can tell you he is a man of the highest integrity. Good luck David, and don’t give too much attention to the negative comments.

    • Terry says:

      Det yoo Ewart…….

    • Cogged says:

      david, dont pay attentin to the posts, Cedar Beams is right!

      pay attentin to the 500+votes that you will never get due to your UBP past and ill advised press statement about the greatness of the UBP, as an independent you should have at least done some research on the public perception of the UBP, which you felt it necessary to praise in your coming out the blocks speech.

      shaking my head, you guys have no clue, dont you have a team of people who can at least advise you on your public speaking and gaffs to stay away from? its like David Cameron saying he loved Apartheid, even if he does, he will never say it publicly.

      go back to indepentent 101school or at least talk to one of your friends who can give you constructive feedback before you open your mouth again please.

      you have potential, great potential, but think before mouth gets in gear mate.

  23. Bermy Twain says:

    Cannonier – 467

    Sullivan – 28

    Richardson – 15

    Sullivan is currently busy giving out “if UBP wins I can get you free mortgage allowance” vouchers.

    Pathetic bunch.

    • LOL says:

      Cannonier is giving what? Free Milk and Coke and Certificates of deposit from one of the capital letter banks?

      • LOL (original) says:

        Hey any things better than the PLP free debt they are giving out……

        LOL sorry son back to your room…….

  24. Red Flag says:

    Beware of independents with certain ties running and wining seats only to come together once elected to form a Political Party. That is how the UBP was first formed.

  25. Triangle Drifter says:

    Ah yes, wouldn’t independents be nice? How’s this for a system?

    First you have to get 100 signed supporters. That qualifys you for a Government funded budget. No, you cannot use personal or donated money for your campaign. This would keep the rich from ‘buying’ the seat. Your campaign is audited to keep you honest.

    The election is by proportional vote. Everyone gets to vote for, say, 10 candidates. The 36 with the most votes get in. Top vote getter is Premier. The rest have to sort out among themselves who will be Minister of what etc.

    This would get us a bunch of independent thinkers instead of the timid partyline towing sheep that we have now who call themselves MPs.

    Just a dream. Won’t happen anytime soon.

  26. Boring Yawn says:

    David Sullivan for Premier!!

    He has so much to offer, starting with that colourful Bermuda tie he’s wearing from the Trimminghams closing down sale – UBP all the Way, All the Way UBP!

    Until this Gentleman did his radio interview where he lamented on the demise of the UBP, he was the front runner.

    Post his “I miss the Great UBP” Interview, he is now second place, behind the PLP Candidate me thinks.

    UBP!! Will Turn around Bermy!!!!

  27. Kim Smith says:

    Many people are frustrated by the political system and so having individuals run as Independent candidates can provide some new blood… not shackled by a Party… and if they can do the work necessary to get a majority of people to vote for them… I say, bring ‘em on! If they don’t produce the results they won’t be ‘locked in’ by political strategy… and we move on… FORWARD… which is where we aren’t moving today!

  28. Terry says:

    You know, after watching the video a few more times Mr. Sully is not going anywhere.

    He’s correct on many things and I wish him the best just like I do John Gibbons and I don’t like the PLP.

    ‘Sully here, 3000′ decending…I got it… out…………………….

  29. InNeedOfaJ-O-B says:

    I figured since tons of people come on here, that SOMEONE can help me! I really need a job..and I’d be so grateful if someone would help me…I work well with people and I’d make a great receptionist…someone please help me!!

    • FYI-Just Us says:

      Well if you were serious about a job– you would have provided persons with more detail other than a plea:

      PI- Professional Individual seeking an equal employment opportunity. Listed at the top of the forum is Michael Dunkley.. themilkman’s cell details. Give a call. Or call your respective MP.