St. Barnabas MP Shanendon Cartwright said yesterday that he is giving “serious consideration” to running for one of the leadership roles in the Free National Movement (FNM) but would not say if he is considering a run for leader during the party’s convention next month.
He said people have told him that they are willing to support him in a leadership position in the party.
The party will hold a one-day convention on
November 27 to elect a new leader.
In February 2022, the party will hold a full convention where all positions will be contested.
When asked if he intends to run for leader during the November convention, Cartwright said, “I’ve always been someone who has been dedicated to service, service to the Bahamian people, and service to the people of St. Barnabas.
“Anytime that there is a loss for a political party, there is always conversations about renewal and transition.
“That renewal and transition takes on a certain form that the Free National Movement has started where they will hear from members of the Free National Movement about what happens going forward.
“We are at the beginning of that process.
“Like many others, I’m listening to persons in my constituency, the constituency association, as well as having meaningful dialogue about where they would like me to serve in whatever capacity that would be.
“So serious considerations are being made by many, including myself. But again, this is the beginning of the process.”
Pressed on the matter, he said, “Serious considerations are being made relative to where members of my party, members of my association, and, of course, my family, would like for me to serve.”
Cartwright was one of seven FNM MPs to win their seats in the September 16 general election.
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) won the remaining 32.
Cartwright secured 1,420 votes, while the Progressive Liberal Party’s Michael Halkitis got 1,309.
Central Grand Bahama MP Iram Lewis is the first and only person to announce his bid for leader.
In a statement on Wednesday, Lewis said the party’s defeat at the polls last month is a clear sign that “it is time for a change”.
Marco City MP Michael Pintard is also reportedly considering a run for leader.
Former Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has remained mum on whether he intends to run for leader.
The Guardian understands that Minnis has been reaching out to various party members seeking support and has not received favorable responses.
Minnis is expected to address the matter during an FNM church service on Sunday.