The parliamentary opposition, People’s National Party (PNP), said educator Dr Walton Small is its new general election candidate in the constituency of St James Southern.
He is to replace the PNP’s Derrick Kellier, who has been Member of Parliament in the seat since 1989, but has been grappling with health challenges in recent times.
The PNP, which announced its new candidate yesterday during its National Executive Council meeting in St James, said Dr Small has lectured at Sam Sharpe Teachers College and the University of the West Indies.
He was also Vice-Principal at St Elizabeth Technical High School, as well as Principal at Anchovy High and Wolmers’ Boys schools.
In addition, Dr Small headed the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association, also known as ISSA.
“Dr Walton Small is ready to serve the people of St James Southern, and will work to create a constituency that works for all constituents,” the PNP said.
It won the constituency by a significantly reduced margin (53 votes) after a magisterial recount that followed the 2016 general election.
In that election, the PNP’s Kellier garnered 6,269 votes while Homer Davis of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) amassed 6,216.
The Electoral Commission of Jamaica said the voter turnout was 48.48 percent.
Davis, now Mayor of Montego Bay, is expected to remain the JLP’s candidate in St James Southern.
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