While noting that he wants to strengthen the party following its recent defeat at the polls, former Golden Gates MP Michael Foulkes announced yesterday that he will run for chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM) at the party’s convention in February.
“I think at its base, everything going forward is strengthening our party – all organs of the party,” Foulkes said.
“Naturally, all the constituency associations, we have to strengthen them …
“As I said, I’ve come up through associations whether it was in Delaporte as a teenager, whether it was in Golden Gates as its council rep and before that as campaign manager for the honorable Theresa Moxey Ingraham, and so the constituency associations are really the backbone of the party.
“They are really on the ground. That’s our people nearest to the voters and they live amongst the voters in those constituencies.
“At the end of the day, we think of winning an election but it’s really general elections and you win each constituency individually to comprise an overall victory.”
Foulkes said the importance of constituency associations cannot be overstated.
He said the other organs of the party are “just as important”, noting that he wants to also strengthen the Torchbearers Youth Association (TYA) and the women’s association.
“We need to strengthen all of our organs,” Foulkes said.
Foulkes started out in the FNM as a member of the Delaporte Torchbearers Association before ascending to the position of public relations officer for the association.
He later became a council representative for the Golden Gates association.
Foulkes noted that he served as a campaign manager for several campaigns.
“So I’ve been very active in the party,” he said.
“… I also served as deputy secretary general. I served as secretary general of the party for eight years.”
Foulkes said he believes that his experience in the party will help him if he is elected chairman.
Former Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands and former Minister of Immigration Elsworth Johnson have also announced that they will run for chairman of the FNM.