A sign from God
by Leigh-Ann Worrell
It was neither chance nor choice that threw Patrick Tannis into the political fray.
Even though the banker usually leaned towards hard facts, there were – according to him – signs and symbols from the “hand of God” showing him he should represent the people of St. Michael South East.
A proud “Wildey boy”, the 46-year-old was handpicked by the outspoken outgoing constituency representative, Hamilton Lashley, to run in the area against another newcomer, Santia Bradshaw.
“[Lashley] told me that God visited him and told him that when he is retiring that he should hand in the seat to me. So he wrote to the Honourable Prime Minister and the leadership of the party and [told them] … Mr. Tannis is my choice.
“There were several other supernatural things that followed that, including my parents telling me before they died… God told us that you will be going into politics, and they waited ’til they were on their last days to tell me so. It was some amazing stuff.”
Tannis believed the Democratic Labour Party was the party with the right vision, while he was the man with “the right mix” needed for the diverse area he has intended to represent.