By Zaya Williams
Dwayne George, a fresh face in Antigua and Barbuda’s political landscape, has recently joined the ranks of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) with a mission to save St. Mary’s South.
Previously a member of the United Progressive Party (UPP), George made the decision to cross the political floor approximately two weeks ago, citing the ABLP’s recognition of talent and its commitment to nurturing such potential.
Praising Prime Minister Gaston Browne, George expressed admiration for Browne’s ability to identify and support promising individuals.
He said both him and the ABLP leader “seized the opportunity” to contribute to the betterment of his community.
“To save St. Mary’s South and to bring St. Mary’s South to where it ought to be I have to be a candidate,” he also remarked.
George stepped in to replace Senator Samantha Marshall, who withdrew from the by-election race for personal reasons related to her family.
Marshall’s significant defeat in the January general election, may have also influenced her decision to bow out.
In the upcoming by-election, George will face off against Kelvin Simon, a former MP for St. Mary’s South. Interestingly, George had previously assisted Simon in his election campaign, showcasing his involvement in the political sphere even before becoming a candidate himself.
While George is widely recognized as a professional bodybuilder, he emphasized that he possesses a diverse set of skills that make him a strong and well-rounded candidate.
He disclosed that he studied in Cuba, holds a degree in economics and is bilingual.
Confident in his capabilities, George believes he can bring a wealth of attributes and accolades to the table, making him the candidate that St. Mary’s South needs.
As the by-election approaches, the political landscape in St. Mary’s South is set for an intriguing contest between George and Simon.
Residents will be keenly observing how the two candidates present their visions for the constituency and address the pressing issues affecting the area.
Only time will tell which candidate will secure the support of the electorate and emerge victorious in this important by-election