Following the endorsement of Ruel Reid as JLP candidate for the North West St Ann Constituency, councillors are saying the unity of the party machinery will push Reid to victory.
Senator Reid, the Education, Youth and Information Minister was endorsed after JLP caretaker, former MP Othneil Lawrence stepped down.
Lawrence lost his seat to Dayton Campbell in 2012 and again in the 2016 elections.
At a special delegates conference at Cardiff Hotel, Runaway Bay, St Ann Sunday (April 22) Mr Lawrence said he was stepping down and asked delegates to throw their full support behind Senator Reid. Speaking to reporters after the conference, Lawrence said Senator Reid had his full support.
Councillors for the four divisions had previously pledged their support for Mr Reid. The divisions are: Dry Harbour (Discovery Bay); Brown’s Town, Bamboo and Sturge Town. All are controlled by the JLP following the 2016 Local Government Elections.
Councillor for the Brown’s Town Division, Kim Brown told Jamaica Today that victory is in sight for the JLP in the constituency. She said the Councillors were not interested in any run off. We are united. Everybody is on one page. There is no thought of failure here. (We are) straight winners.”
The JLP will later consider and is expected to ratify the selection of Mr Reid to the Constituency for which the main towns are Discovery bay, Runaway Bay and Brown’s Town