Candidate forums start Monday in East End

| 08/04/2013

john mclean_0.JPG(CNS): The candidate forums hosted by the Cayman Chamber of Commerce kick off this evening in East end when the incumbent candidate for the district Arden McLean will go head to head with his sole opponent John McLean Jr. The Former PPM candidate who is now running on the independent ticket beat out McLean junior at the last election with almost 60% of the vote as a PPM candidate. Although the young challenger is running on an independent ticket he was endorsed publicly by the UDP leader McKeeva Bush, in a public meeting in the district last year. The then premier promised to give the would-be candidate money from the public coffers which had been given by the Dart group to undertake local projects, by passing the incumbent member.

The former premier acknowledged McLean was planning to run as an independent but Bush made it clear he did so with the full support of the UDP. And although Mclean is running for the first time as an independent since the formation of the PPM the current member still also has the support of his former party.

The forum starts at 7pm, and will also be broadcast on Radio Cayman, when the men are likely to be tackling district issues such as the arrival of the Shetty hospital and marine parks conservation as well as national issues from corruption to unemployment.

Tomorrow the political forums which have developed a reputation for generating interesting debate as the candidates do not see the questions ahead of time will move to Bodden Town for the first of two in that district. Over the next three weeks the forum will move to all of the districts where every candidate is expected to take part.

See related stories on CNS:

Mac backs 'new' McLean

Mclean resigns from PPM

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  1. Anonymous says:

    John John we are Close, but after last Night let give it up and work with Arden.

    • Anonymous says:

      The poor boy didn't even understand the difference between a 5 Star Hotel and the Shetty Hospital.  Instead of giving his opinion on how a 5 Star Hotel would assist the economy in E End, the lost soul spoke about the hospital.

      Bright bird, go to the top of the class.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Easy choice for EE. Johnnie needs to go sit down.

  3. Anonymous says:

    he's better off doing what he dose best (going to philippines), give it up buddy!



  4. Anonymous says:

    Went to the forum tonight. It was painful to listen to Johnnie answers. He is far from ready as a represenatative, Arden was on point and johnnie made no valuable points. It was like chalk and chesse.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are so right. As I listen to young Johhny talk I could only believe that he is underthe impression that it is still in the 90's and what worked for his father will work for him. The times have changed but he hasn't caught on.

      I do not expect any better, he is a UDP cover up. Obviously no vetting process goes into the selection of these potential candidates.

      The UDP and PNA is so desperate to bag a majority that they just grabbing whoever stupid enough to work with them, for a price.