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PLP names five candidates

The National General Council(NGC)of the Progressive Liberal Party(PLP)has ratified five people to represent the party as candidates in the next general election.

The NGC ratified the candidates on Tuesday at the PLP’s monthly council meeting at PLP headquarters on Farrington Road.

Current Members of Parliament Melanie Griffin and Glenys Hanna-Martin were reconfirmed for the Yamacraw and Englerston constituencies, respectively. Former Blue Hills MP Leslie Miller was ratified for the Blue Hills constituency.

President of the Bahamas Nurses Union(BNU)Cleola Hamilton was selected as the party candidate for the South Beach constituency. Attorney Dion Smith will be the PLP’s Kennedy candidate.

Both Hamilton and Smith political

newcomers were selected by the party against the wishes of the area branches of South Beach and Kennedy, respectively. The South Beach branch voted to recommend attorney Myles Laroda. Kennedy voted to recommend attorney Derek Ryan.

PLP treasurer Craig Butler was also seeking the Kennedy nomination. This is the second time for the year that the PLP has rejected Butler as a candidate. Butler made a serious push to secure the PLP nomination for the Elizabeth constituency after Malcolm Adderley resigned the seat in January. The party chose attorney Ryan Pinder instead. Pinder won the seat in the by-election.

Hamilton was born in Pirates Well, Mayaguana. She is the sixth of 13 children born to Joseph Collie(deceased)and Sarah Collie nee Murphy. Hamilton is married to Arnold Hamilton Sr. and they have three children.

Smith was called to the English Bar and the Bahamas Bar in 2001 and he practices at the law chambers of Munroe and Associates.

He is married to the former Rose Narine and they have two children.

This will be the sixth time Miller will run for a seat in the House of Assembly. He is the CEO, president and director of Sunburst Paints, Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace and Litec Coatings Limited.

Miller lost the Blue Hills seat to Sidney Collie in the May 2007 general election.

Griffin and Hanna-Martin are seeking to win three consecutive elections. Both women were first elected in 2002. Griffin and Hanna-Martin are the first two sitting candidates ratified by the party for the next general election.The PLP has now ratified 14 candidates.

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