Access for all
As the election preparation gears continue to grind, two party hopefuls opened their branch offices in St. Joseph and St. Andrew this weekend.
More access is what St. Joseph Democratic Labour Party candidate Dennis Holder is promising to residents with the opening of his branch office this weekend.
While the office opened in Hillswick on Saturday, Holder told Barbados TODAY that in an unprecedented move there would be a secondary “support facility” opened in Yearwoods/Sugar Hill by the end of the month.
The candidate said this was always his plan given the landscape of the parish and challenges with access.
“Opening the branch office was never a really big deal because being a resident and in contact with the constituents, this was just a matter of setting up a base. I have always been easily accessible because people would come to my home which has always been open to them and those who could not come to me, I made it my business to go see them.
“So even though the office give me a central location for campaigning, it does not take away from my constituency involvement. I had promised residents that because of the typography, even though I have an office in Hillswick I would open a support facility in Sugar Hill to meet with the Lammings, Airy Hill, Craiggs Hill residents, so they can still be able to come to an area to see me,” Holder explained.
Once the secondary office is established, he said he would split his time between the two to ensure that there was still greater access for residents, adding that however both locations would be manned on a daily basis.
“The response has been overwhelming. I am a hometown boy, raised in this parish, worked in this parish and I am going into the elections very confident that constituents would have seen my work and recognised my potential,” said the DLP candidate, adding that he believed he had a large part of the youth support, even in traditional Barbados Labour Party areas.
DLP candidate for St. Andrew, Irene Sandiford-Garner also opened her campaign office doors over the weekend in Belleplaine.
At the opening, which also served as a mass canvas in the area, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart told Barbadians that all was not as it seemed in the Barbados Labour Party camp.
He charged the party was putting up a front by pretending to like each other in hopes of reclaiming the government from the DLP, urging Barbadians not to be fooled.
Branch member Stella Jordan cut the ribbon to declare the office opened on Sunday night. (LB)