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Current Affairs



PNP to name Western Hanover candidate in two weeks
MARK CUMMINGS, Observer staff reporter
Thursday, July 18, 2002

WESTERN BUREAU -- Attorney Shaun Reynolds, who left the People's National Party (PNP) in 1996 and ran on a National Democratic Movement ticket in Western Hanover a year later, is among the contenders being considered to represent the PNP in the area in the up-coming general election.

According to general-secretary Maxine Henry-Wilson, a final decision will be made within the next two weeks.

"All of those who have applied to represent the constituency will be going to the NEC (National Executive Council) on the 27th and 28th (of July) at which time a candidate will be finalised," she told the Observer yesterday.

The party was forced to scramble for a new candidate after sitting MP, Ben Clare, announced a few months ago that he was quitting representational politics. Five contenders who have been working in the area are being considered.

"They are the deputy mayor of Lucea, Ralston Anson, Anthony Marks, Shauna Miller, Trevor Ruddock and Shaun Reynolds has also applied," Henry-Wilson said.

Anson is the party's sitting councillor for the Cauldwell division, a position he has held since 1998, while Marks is principal of the Cascade All-Age School.

Miller is a teacher and Ruddock is a former Member of Parliament for Western Westmoreland. He was elected in 1993 but did not seek re-election in 1997.