An “unusual” candidate for Bodden Town

| 08/03/2009

(CNS): Citing the need for politics unusual instead of politics as usual, businessman Justin Woods has entered the political fray in a bid to win a seat in as an independent candidate in the district of Bodden Town in the May 2009 General Elections. The fifth independent to declare for the islands’ fastest growing district, Woods says it’s time to stop government borrowing and start to reduce the debt. A former civil servant turned business man, Woods says his experiences will stand him in good stead.

“My years in government, first in the Environmental Health Department then at the Office of Telecommunications have given me a good understanding in the way that government functions. My years in business have given me experience in the ways that government could be operated more efficiently,” Woods said.

He added that the country’s economy, borrowing, employment and education are key areas of interest for him. “We can not continue the philosophy of ‘borrow and spend’. It does not matter whether we are within our current debt ratio for servicing loans, that ratio will quickly change as revenues continue to decline.  In light of the current global economic crisis it would be prudent to discontinue any more borrowing and try to repay and reduce our present debt,” he said.

Woods said that there is a need to create opportunities for people to obtain gainful employment as well as the necessary skills to succeed in their chosen career path. “Education and training have to be a priority in order for our people to lead successful lives. Training has to be available to those just entering the workforce as well as those already in the workforce. Vocational training has to be a part of this endeavor in order to meet the needs of all of our people,” he added.

Another concern he has is with the flooding in areas of Bodden Town and feels constituents have had a raw deal.

“The District of Bodden Town has two areas with some of the worst flooding namely the ‘Gully’ in Savannah and the Cumber Avenue area in central Bodden Town. The people affected by this situation no doubt live in fear as to when the next flood will occur and need a solution. Drainage ditches were quickly put in under South Sound Road for the residents of George Town, why should the residents of Bodden Town be second class citizens having to suffer repeatedly?” he asked

“I think it’s time for politics unusual, not politics as usual. We don’t need more of the same. Instead we need representatives that truly have this country’s survival and prosperity at heart, representatives who plan for the futurenot make isolated decisions based solely on today.”

Woods said his loyalty is first and foremost to the country and the people and not to either party. “However, if the people of Bodden Town see fit to select me as their representative I will work with whoever else the people select to solve the many problems and issues facing Bodden Town in particular and the country in general,” he added.

The other four independent candidates for the district are Sandra Catron, Theresa Pitcairn, Gilbert McLean and Vincent Frederick.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Twyla,

    Do you know something we do not? How many people are you supporting? How many votes do you get? Every independent that comes out I hear you supporting them. Come on woman – what gives?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I SEE CHANGE A" COMIN IN BT

    Its wonderful that we have good candidates declaring this year and I look forward to voting for you Justin Woods.

    Some advice to BT voters please let’s move away from voting for personalities (who you like and are friends with etc) and people who can give us handouts and buy our vote. Let’s rise above this we come from a long lineage of proud hardworking people! Our forefathers would roll over in their graves to see how we have become – bought out by turkeys, partys with food and alcohol and lots and lots of empty promises. Look around do you see any majors changes in the community over the last four years? Have we made any progress? We need new people with fresh ideas to deliver for us. Vote for capable representatives!

     

     

    • Anonymous says:

      "Some advice to BT voters please let’s move away from voting for personalities (who you like and are friends with etc)…".

      Some people need to take their own advice.

       

  3. Twyla M Vargas says:

    MANY ARE CALLED

    BUT THREE WILL BE CHOSEN.

    Of course I will be supporting Justin Woods too and I have good reasons, we are family.  

    We are about two months away, and like I say many will be called so let us see  who are chosen.  One thing I know for sure.  WE NEED CHANGE.    Suggestion………………..Give support where it is due, vote where you think is right for Bodden Town.  

     

  4. Anonymous says:

    You have my vote!

    Those who know him can attest he is a honest, straightforward and fair individual. A young educated Caymanian with a business head like I’ve never seen before I’m confident he will do well at the polls. In addition I’m sure he isnt in the running for the money as people who know him know he has done extremely well for himself over the years.

    Good Luck Mr. Woods you’re the type of candidate we’ve been waiting for!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Is anyone NOT running for office this election?

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is great news for Bodden Town

    I sincerely hope you will be elected.

    Mac