Veteran politician Arnold Tennyson Bertram is poised to continue working for the advancement of the people of North West St. Ann, where he has been Member of Parliament. Comrade Bertram has an impressive record of service to the people of Jamaica.
Born in St. Ann on September 9, 1944 he attended the Brown’s Town Elementary School and later went to Kingston for his secondary and tertiary education at Calabar High, and the University of the West Indies. At the University of the West Indies, he impressed as a scholar and organiser, and obtained special honours in history.
Among his outstanding record in politics, he holds the distinction of being among the youngest persons to be appointed to the Senate. He has served as Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and on the Board of Directors of the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation and National Sports Limited.
Comrade Bertram has also served as Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, was Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, and later became Minister of Local Government and Community Development.
The versatile Bertram has been involved not only in politics and government, but also classroom teaching, social services, community development and sports. His analytical skills are impressive and his profound thinking has helped to improve local government. A member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Bertram stands for high family values and consistently assists those in need.
Among the projects that he initiated and managed to implement in North West St. Ann are the refurbishing of the Brown’s Town Market, the construction of basic schools and community facilities and the repairing and building of roads in the constituency.