|Shocking Vibes boss to run for PNP
Patrick Roberts to contest West Central St Andrew seat
Monday, June 24, 2002
|ROBERTS... gets nod over Dr Warren Blake|
THE National Executive Committee (NEC) of the People's National Party (PNP) yesterday confirmed popular music promoter, Patrick Roberts, to be the party's candidate in the West Central St Andrew constituency in the next general election.
Roberts got the nod ahead of Dr Warren Blake, who was the PNP's standard bearer in the constituency in the 1997 general election. Blake, a surgeon, eventually lost to the Jamaica Labour Party's Andrew Holness in a contest that was ordered re-run twice by the Election Authority because of irregularities.
Roberts is head of Shocking Vibes Music Productions, a recording studio and artiste management outfit that has in its stables stars of the dancehall genre such as Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Tanto Metro and Devonte.
He is also president of the Arnett Gardens Football Club.
Last night his selection was welcomed by the Patriots, a caucus of young professionals in the PNP.
"Comrade Patrick Robert's spirit of voluntarism and work amongst the youth of Craig Town and other areas of the inner city make him ideally suited for the constituency to which he has been selected," the Patriots said in a statement.