Dwayne George, the chosen candidate for the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party in the upcoming by-election for St Mary’s South, has been announced as a new senator. He officially starts his position on August 3rd.
The Senate will convene about a week later to discuss two matters from the Lower House, which will be his first appearance as a senator.
George is replacing Caleb Gardiner, who was previously assigned as a diplomat.
The government expects that Gardiner will benefit from serving alongside a senior diplomat and continuing his academic studies in Washington D.C., where several excellent universities have campuses.
The Cabinet believes that Gardiner has a bright future ahead of him, as he is the youngest Antigua and Barbuda diplomat ever.
George, a newcomer to the political scene in Antigua and Barbuda, has recently joined the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) with a mission to improve St. Mary’s South.
He used to be a member of the United Progressive Party (UPP) but switched sides about two weeks ago because of what he said is the ABLP’s recognition of talent and its promise to nurture potential.
George praised Prime Minister Gaston Browne for identifying and supporting promising individuals.
He and the ABLP leader “seized the opportunity” to help their community.
George replaced Senator Samantha Marshall, who withdrew from the by-election race because of personal issues related to her family.
Marshall’s significant loss in the January general election may have also influenced her decision.
In the upcoming by-election, George will compete against Kelvin Simon, a former MP for St. Mary’s South.
It is interesting to note that George had previously helped Simon during his election campaign, demonstrating his involvement in politics even before becoming a candidate himself.
Although George is primarily known as a professional bodybuilder, he emphasized his diverse skill set, including a degree in economics and fluency in two languages, making him a well-rounded candidate.
George is confident that 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 gearing up for an intriguing contest between George and Simon.
Voters will be keenly watching 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.