Video: OBA Announce Five Election Candidates

June 1, 2017

[Updated] The OBA officially announced their election candidates for Warwick at a press conference this morning [June 1], with Nalton Brangman in Constituency #24, Jeff Baron in Constituency #25, Robyn Swan in Constituency #26, Sheila Gomez in Constituency #27, and Jeff Sousa in Constituency #28.

OBA Election Candidates Bermuda June 1 2017

The Election has not yet been called, however both parties are in election mode, and while these are the OBA’s first official candidate announcements, the PLP has already announced four; Senator Renee Ming for Constituency #1 St Georges North, Kim Swan for Constituency #2 St. George’s West, Rev Dr Ernest Peets as the candidate for Constituency #10 Smith’s North and Tinee Furbert in Constituency #4 St George’s South.

The announcement has just concluded, and we will have additional information later on, and in the meantime the 15 minute live video replay is below.

Update 11.55am: Nalton Brangman will be the OBA’s candidate this year for Constituency #24, a seat which is currently held by the PLP’s Lawrence Scott. The 2012 election results for Constituency #24 are below.

C24 2012 Election Result

The 2012 election results for Constituency #25 are below, with the seat currently held by Mark Pettingill, who resigned from the OBA to sit as an Independent.  Jeff Baron, who currently sits in the Senate and serves as the National Security Minister, will be the OBA’s candidate for this area.

C25 2012 Election Result

Robyn Swan will be the OBA’s candidate for Constituency #26, a seat which is currently held by the PLP’s Neville Tyrrell, who defeated Ms Swan in a by-election after the resignation of Marc Bean. The 2012 results from Warwick South Central are below.

C26 2012 Election Result

Sheila Gomez will be the OBA’s candidate for Constituency #27, a seat which is currently held by the OBA’s Wayne Scott, who sits as a backbencher after resigning from Cabinet. The 2012 results are below.

C27 2012 Election Result

Jeff Sousa is the incumbent in Constituency #28 and will seek to retain it in the upcoming general election, with the OBA confirming his candidacy this morning.

C28 2012 Election Result

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  1. Jus' Askin' says:

    When is the next election?!?

    • J Starling says:

      My guess is pretty soon. Looks like it’ll be a hot summer.

    • JAWS says:

      Why does he always deploy the other half of the 2 Bermudas on the battlefield! When we all know by polls taken this doesn’t represent his party. ):

      • swing voter says:

        Pure trickery…….hurry up and call the election after Americas Cup. You have a serious hole in the OBA Titanic. Trying to fool the voters that this is not a race technique again. Wish the former BDA party had never allow you to merge with it. Still the UBP always fooling the people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Politricks says:

          Not too much of a swing voter are you…

          Why do PLPers detest the idea of Bermuda working together?

          Aren’t you the guys always going on about the need for diversity.

          I guess it is diversity for thee, but nor for me!

        • Double S says:

          So basically you guys think that only people that look like you can only ever represent you?

          Didn’t we fight against and end segregation?

          Of the irony of your hatred is thick…

        • mark says:

          Yes hurry and call it. The PLP hasnt been this overtly weak and pathetic as they are now and everyone knows it….except them and the blind!

    • Onion Juice says:

      Question is, who will be de surrogate Leader?

      • Double S says:

        David Burt

      • No way Jose says:

        David Burt is certainly the face of the PLP , but far from the leader, and closer to what you describe as a surrogate leader. Marc had leadership qualities but rubbed to many people the wrong way and had too much of a chip on his shoulder for many with the PLP and the community in general. Burt is a more likeable guy, but lacks the backbone to be a real leader and takes instructions and advice from elsewhere. Too bad ,because if he stopped taking directions from others and spoke from the heart, he might not be a bad leader. Unfortunately, he like Paula Cox, are used to take the fall for others making the calls.

    • Encyclopedia says:

      What date is the election? When is it? Anyone know?

  2. Fantastic says:

    Residents of constituency 25 we never saw Mark Pettingill. A fact that cannot be denied. Many og the things left in tact were broken like mirrors or faded like the speed bumps. Not one public meeting . Now watch road paving a d anything they can do like Miles gift baskets handed out last election, coming our watch and see.

    • PBanks says:

      As a resident in that area I tend to agree. We got an email early in the term but that’s it. Apparently the PLP have begun some canvassing in the area already but have yet to meet their rep.

      Baron brings an interesting dynamic, it must be said, and he’ll likely retain the ‘usual support’. But will people who feel disenchanted by Pettingil’s doings want to stay the course or swap over?

      • Onion Juice says:

        You dont have to come to my door, your policies get my vote, so your gonna come to my door, lie to me and then legislate policies that dont benefit me?
        That door to door Bull S!@# dont work no more.

  3. lifetime says:

    Wait, is this a joke?

    Dunkley your time is up.

    Look at the candidates your rolling out!

  4. Ok says:

    Um ready

  5. Bermudian says:

    OBA is looking weak as ever – where is FAHY LOL?. Oh right, he was not chosen by the people!

    • PBanks says:

      Fahy likely will stay on the sidelines and in a Senate role until Gordon-Pamplin or Gibbons retires.

    • Onion Juice says:

      They aint worrying about that,they’ve already made theit deals and put in place their economic long term plans that will see them through.

    • inna says:

      Wheres David Burch for the PLP?! Oh right, he wasnt chosen by the people either.

    • frank says:

      brangman was a dreamer when he was education minister
      and robin is got to be real stupid to allow herself to be used again
      and jeff wont’t get in in warwick

  6. Francis says:

    These candidates are good candidates. Two minsters and community activists. Well done on putting your names forward! I am impressed and believe that Lawrence Scott should and will lose.

  7. Say Whaat says:

    I cannot believe that they put Robin BACK in Constituency #26 when she was just crushed in the by-election. They don’t want to see her succeed.

  8. watching says:

    if this is the best they can do, then they deserve to be voted out.

    Nalton was useless as Education Minister…

    I guess Baron is scared to go against Rolfe again in 21…

    Robyn is doing another “take one for the team”…that girl needs to get a senate seat for all she does for OBA.

    no one in cedar hill knows Sheila Gomez

    Jeff Sousa will win as its a safe seat but he is the most egocentric MP EVER!!!!!

  9. save out environment says:

    Oh wow look at the dynamics and who has what constituancy can we not see the obvious who gets a free ticket and who does come on OBA

  10. rock says:

    Hope we all move forward together

  11. Jeanna says:

    Always amazes me that at Election time, the OBA candidates all look like me until they have to select their cabinet, then it eventually switches!!!! People PLEASE do not be fooled by foolishness!!!

    • Politricks says:

      Cabinet is majority black…actually almost represents the island’s demographics to a T.

    • quarter says:

      What on earth does a candidate “looking like you” have to do with anything? The previous administration “looked like” 54% of the population, but still ended up screwing them for every dime they had.

      If you think the exact same thing won’t happen again, then you deserve everything you get.

    • redamtibi says:

      Yes lots of surrogates pictured…

    • inna says:

      So what say you about all of the black PLP candidates that do not get picked for their majority black “spokesperson” cabinet??

      Sounds like are you the one asking who pooped in your pants!

  12. Vote for Me says:

    Wake up Bermuda
    Do you think the OBA are only focussed on the America’s Cup. Lets prepare for an election as predicted by the PLP.

    One option is for Premier Dunkley to simply call the election before June 9th and avoid the risk of losing the no confidence vote, thereby causing more embarrassment for the OBA!!

    PLP needs to win 3 clear seats to become government. Based on the announcement, MP David Burch picks up the first one.

    Any comments on winners for St. Georges #1 and #2?

    • Politricks says:

      Are you seriously content with David Burch back in power?

      Thought this was a ‘new’ PLP that learned from its destructive habits.

  13. PLPNA says:

    Looks like election coming soon but no matter which party wins Pettingill & Crockwell will be gone from HOA, but them 2 will be ON PLP gravy train if PLP win – GUARANTEED!!!

  14. redamtibi says:

    ..still using that lame old play OBA? Good luck with that.

  15. Rocky5 says:

    Baron vs. Pettingill – early shower for Pettingill!

  16. the original swing voter says:

    the alliance is finished. the election will be called before the no confidence debate so Crockwell can’t air the dirty laundry for all to hear for themselves. Either way my M8 Crockwell forced the OBA to pull the trigger. UBP effed up the alliance, didn’t want to listen to reason, so you must feel. Swing Voters and Free Thinkers, can’t be bought, can’t be sold!

    • Onion Juice says:

      Only one segment of this community swing vote in large numbers.
      Psychological Brain Danage.

  17. Breathe says:

    So we’ve gone from “we have much more work to do” and “now is not the time for politics” to rolling out candidates? I guess Dunkley figured out that peoples reality isn’t what you see berthed on Front Street or cavorting up at Cross Island.

  18. O.M.G says:

    It’s is absolutely disgusting that crockwell can do any of the S as he was voted in by his OBA constituencies and that goes for pettingill to. All of the OBA supporters get out there and vote vote vote. We do not need those people running this country in to s..t again

    • Say Whaat says:

      Too bad the OBA need the swing votes to win. They sealed their own fate. If only the OBA was really an alliance and not just the UBP with a mask. They might have done both Bermuda’s some good. Greed is a killer, and the UBP knows that all too well.

      • Double S says:

        I would say based on the increased tourism, rebuilding of numerous hotels, a large sporting event that provides massive exposure, halving the PLP $400mn deficit, reigning in healthcare costs (first decrease in decades this year) etc. are good things.

        But hey Bermuda is another world I guess where massive deficits, massive unemployment, mountains of debt and the closure of businesses is viewed as good governance by some.

        • Wise Guy says:

          And the debt still doubled in 5yrs.

          • 2025 plan says:

            How do you suppose we pay our current debt? With all the money the PLP left in the kiddie.. think again they needed to burrow money to still make the ISLAND operate and pay the debt.
            But I suppose the PLP 2025 plan will pay that off.

          • Zevon says:

            Under the last 5 years of PLP it increased by 6x.
            You’re proud of that record, are you?

      • Truthhertz says:


        Read the AG Report and subsequent Commission of Inquiry findings if you want a lesson in greed.

  19. Rasta says:

    Me and my brethren are voting for this govt.

  20. Coffee says:

    Thank God that Dunkeley has never won a election as the leader of the party !

  21. Cowpoly says:

    OBA looking professional and holding a reputable resume of achievements versus the flip flop party that will release a bunch of nonsense with no plan……is it really that hard to cast your vote??

  22. Pastor Syl says:

    Some younger faces,and a cross section of our population. Looks like diversity in action to me.

  23. Bermudian says:

    Yessss! OBA all the way! This is how Bermuda should be represented. A mixture of races and age. A Government that supports and embraces all Bermudians regardless of race, religion and which side of the pond you live on. Upwards and onwards with the OBA!

    • Onion Juice says:

      Thats just to get de confused Black votes, we fall for it everytime, but their policies speak other wise.
      Confused Fools.