Fellowship, a small community in Portland lived up to its name, as political hopeful Ann Marie Vaz, seeking her first term as Member of Parliament, beamed in the warmth of a close-knit village.
Mrs. Vaz, who seems poised to become the first Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) MP in Portland Eastern in over 30 years, was in the community on Thursday, March 7 and shared photos of her tour on Twitter.
“Fellowship… I am in the community walking in your footsteps. Then ending the day with a spot meeting. Not your politician; I am #Peopletician,” Vaz tweeted.
Judging from the photos shared from Vaz’s tour of Fellowship, her visit was well-received by many members of the community, who used the opportunity to lobby for more development and support in the area.
The battle for the future of East Portland began in earnest after the brutal killing of former MP, Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield on Saturday, February 2.
Bloomfield had previously batted victoriously on the People’s National Party (PNP) ticket for the last two general elections and had expressed in an interview with Jamaica Today, his intent to defend his incumbency.
In light of his death, a new PNP candidate, Vice President Damion Crawford has stepped up to the plate to reassert the party’s hold on East Portland, with the now looming April 4 by-elections.