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Hold on St. Joseph

by Leigh-ann Worrell

Like the Biblical Jonah, Dennis Holder was called to serve. And just like the Old Testament prophet, he refused.

But soon it became harder for him to say no to going into the political arena.

“It was not an easy decision to make, especially as an evangelist…, but St. Joseph is dear to my heart,” he explained.

The 50-year-old was speaking to Barbados TODAY from his constituency office in Hillswick, St. Joseph on a cool Wednesday afternoon, even though he was a little hoarse from three speaking engagements the night before.

Holder, a teacher and evangelist at the Calvary Baptist Church, added he was “disgusted” with the lack of representation in the parish he was born and raised in, and stepped up to make a difference.

The reception to his candidacy has been “tremendous,” Holder reported, adding he was “eager to see history created again in St. Joseph” as the second Democratic Labour Party representative in the parish. Maizie Barker-Welch the first, representing the constituency from 1986 to 1991.

He said he hoped to bring a vision and further educational efforts to the parish through programmes like a skills training and Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council preparation and homework help.

Additionally, he told this newspaper that he would like to see a clinic inside the Eric Holder complex – something on which he has already started working.

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