It’s just about a done deal.
Pakesia Parker, we have been informed, is already in campaign mode. She is reportedly the Free National Movement’s choice for the West Grand Bahama/Bimini Constituency. As of this writing, she was set to be ratified and “very soon,” according to a FNM inside source.
On the other hand, Howard Grant Jr. is still holding on and hopeful that he might get the nod. There is disappointment, however, because we have been told he put his name forward, when Parker had indicated no interest. However, our source, said that Howard Grant Jr.’s immediate family, long connected to the FNM, for a time, was also associated with the Democratic National Alliance (DNA). The DNA link became an issue for some FNMs and could eventually factor in the ultimate decision.
It is understood however, that Parker has been moving around in the constituency and re-connecting with party leaders in Grand Bahama and nationally. A native of GB West, just like Member of Parliament Obie Wilchcombe, she in the view of some in the party will succeed the second time.
If and when ratified, Parker would join colleagues who seem to have the edge at the moment.
Even East End supporters of the Progressive Liberal Party are admitting that incumbent Peter Turnquest, the deputy leader of the FNM, is very strong. He has remained a presence in the constituency throughout the recent term. On the upper East End sector, it is said that he has gained ground. Of course, around the bridge, the FNM has always carried the bulk of the voting support.
In Marco City, Michael Pintard has been on the ground for months. He jumped out and lent support to residents of Marco City in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and is banking on being rewarded by the voters.
Iram Lewis was in the Central Grand Bahma race, running before his opponents got started. It’s a case of whether he can maintain the momentum, and not fade close to the campaign conclusion.
In Pineridge, Frederick McAlpine is said to be giving incumbent Dr. Michael Darville a battle. So, without the benefits of polls, the mood of the people, generally driving conversations, appears to be in opposition to the sitting government. In 2012, three seats (Marco City-Greg Moss, Pineridge-Dr.Darville and West Grand Bahama/Bimini –Wilchcombe) went with the PLP, as did much of the rest of the country as a wave of disgruntlement ousted Hubert Ingraham and the FNM.
Bahamians throughout the archipelago are disgruntled once again, in large numbers.
Will there be a shift in Grand Bahama?
The future holds that answer.
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017