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PDP unveils new candidate
CASANDRA THOMPSON -FORBES
The announcement of the L'Anse Fourmi/
Palartuvier/ Speyside candidate on the
Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) tick-
et, Farley Augustine, has been described
as a revolution and game changer in the
race for the 2017 THA elections.
The seat was held by Tracy Davidson-Ce-
lestine for eight years, but she has since
signalled her exit from representational pol-
itics. After much anticipation, Augustine
was revealed as the candidate's in his home
town, Speyside, last Saturday night.
During Augustine's introduction, PDP
leader Watson Duke described him as hum-
ble, honest, great and the future of Tobago.
He said if the party is elected, Augustine
would be made the Secretary of Finance.
"I want you to know tonight that this
young man, this great man, this man who
is honest, he would be in charge of the
finances of Tobago...In the PDP, we are
putting him in charge," Duke said.
During his inaugural speech, Augustine
said the status quo must change for Toba-
go to move forward.
"If we should track the history of politics
on this island, we would know that we had
20 years given to the Robinson legacy and
then we had a following 16 years to the
Orville legacy, and we are saying that if
Tobago wants to become the biggest little
island in the world, the island in the world
that everyone recognises for its method of
development, the island in the world that
everyone can use as an example, we need
to move far away from the status quo as
possible and come towards the PDP," Augus-
Augustine 31, a UWI Mona campus grad-
uate, said he was approached by all the
political parties, but chose to gravitate to
the PDP because of its philosophical under-
pinnings, which includes shared develop-
"As Tobagonians, we know what shared
development is. It is our grandparents who
knew what it was to take a piece of fire
stick and lend it to a neighbour so she could
light her pot. That is shared development.
"It is this Tobago that understands what
it means to lend a hand, you are mixing
some concrete today and I would come by
you and tomorrow, you would come by me.
It is this Tobago culture that understands
what a harvest is, that even a perfect strang-
er can come into your house and eat a plate
of food. That is shared development. That
is development shared between people, as
opposed to development concocted in the
mind of one man, or two men or a crazy
woman, or someone who just wants to fill
Augustine, who is a teacher at the Spey-
side High School, explained his choice of
"My first reason for joining the PDP is
because the PDP believes in shared devel-
opment by going with the concept of child
by child, family by family, village by village.
That's how we develop Tobago. That's how
we are going to make a better Tobago, by
starting with the children by ensuring their
education is well," he said, adding the PDP
plans to fix the educational system on the
He said the curriculum issues would be
resolved so as to put the island on a level
playing field with the rest of the country.
On another note, he said the villages in
his constituency have been neglected over
the years, with issues such as poor roads,
poor transportation system, unemployment
and being left underdeveloped. He urged
supporters to use him as conduit for a bet-
"I am your servant. I want to be nothing
but your humble servant. Use me for as long
as it is possible.
"I am ready to take your cursing, your
blessing and everything in between. Use me,
because that is what governance is about,"
He said the 2017 THA elections is not
about personalities, but about the reinstate-
ment of Tobago's legacy of good values such
as honesty, integrity and hard work.
PDP Political Leader Watson Duke during the introduction of L'Anse Fourmi/ Palartuvier/
Speyside candidate, Farley Augustine, as a PDP candidate.
L'Anse Fourmi/ Palartuvier/Speyside candidate, Farley Augustine, and his mother Jacqueline
Pilgrim -Augustine following the announcement of his candidacy in his hometown Speyside last
Saturday. PHOTOS: CASWELL GORDON
PNM to screen 23 THA nominees
The Tobago electorate can expect to see
a mix of familiar and fresh faces either
seeking appointment or re-election under
the People's National Movement (PNM) for
the upcoming Tobago House of Assembly
elections. Speaking at a press conference
at the party's headquarters in Scarborough
last week, chairman of the PNM's Tobago
Council, Stanford Callender, said the party
will screen 23 people, 12 of whom will go
forward to represent the party.
"The executive has met and a decision
was taken to conduct the screening, which
will begin on Tuesday 22nd November at
the John Dial Community Center starting
from 1 pm and this will continue the fol-
lowing day," he said.
Five of the current representatives will not
be re- contesting their seats in next year's
elections. These include former political lead-
er Orville London, who represented the Scar-
borough/Mason Hall district, Godwin Adams
(Plymouth/Golden Lane), Claudia Groome-
Duke (Black Rock/Whim Patience Hill) and
Tracey Davidson-Celestine (Parlatuvier/L'Anse
Fourmi/ Speyside). Among these is Hilton
Sandy, who represented Belle Garden/Rox-
borough/Delaford, but suffered a stroke in
October 2013 and has been unable to active-
ly represent his constituents since then.
A few of the people seeking the commit-
tee's nod of approval are Jomo Pitt, who is
running unopposed for the Lambeau/Patience
Hill district, as well as councillor Gary Mel-
ville, who is seeking to represent the residents
of Belle Garden/Roxborough/Delaford.
A few of the newcomers include Natasha
Chance, who is running against Ancil Den-
nis for the Buccoo/Mt Pleasant district and
Kerron Eastman and Marissa Williams who
are both in the running for the Parlatu-
vier/L'Anse Fourmi/ Speyside district.
Callender said the candidate selection
committee will be chaired by London. The
list of names selected will then be sent to
Trinidad for final approval.
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