Robinson, 21, asks Bahamians to give him a chance
Free National Movement (FNM) candidate for Bain and Grants Town Travis Robinson yesterday urged the Bahamian public to give him a chance, despite his youth and lack of experience.
Robinson, 21, was ratified on Thursday.
“When we are talking about representation for a community, when you look at the job for a member of Parliament, it’s not about the age; people are not looking at the age; they are looking at whether that individual has the compassion or that desire for service for the people in that community,” Robinson said.
“So my thing is, I’m not focused on the age; my goal is to bring hope and restoration to the people of Bains and Grants Town.”
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) has yet to ratify a candidate for the area.
The sitting member of Parliament is Dr. Bernard Nottage.
He has been the MP for the constituency for two consecutive terms and has decades-long experience in politics.
“It’s not about political experience because … at the end of the day, the people could care less about how much money you have, how old you are, or how much experience you have if you can not meet their basic needs in terms of being compassionate towards them, having a conversation with them, being able to sit down with them, being relevant, and relatable to them,” said Robinson, a student of The College of The Bahamas, who is working toward a Bachelor’s degree in finance and tourism management.
“I feel like those key things far surpass anything in terms of experience or age.
“People are looking for an individual who they can identify with.
“I’m not promising any individuals any fancy this or fancy that.
“What I’m simply presenting forth is a young man with a passion, a vision and a desire to serve his community to the best of his ability.”
Asked to respond to people who say he is too young to represent effectively, Robinson said, “Only time will tell.”
He added, “I’m simply asking for the public and for individuals in the wider community to give me that opportunity to develop that experience of which they care so keenly about and individuals to allow me to grow and to provide service for the people of Bain and Grants Town that we have been yearning for, for so long.”
Robinson said he cannot speak on his platform for the constituency as it was still being finalized.
The FNM previously announced Leonard Sands, who heads the Bahamian Contractors Association, as its candidate for the area, but Sands had a change of heart, citing “personal reasons”.