Southampton East Central
The One Bermuda Alliance took Constituency 30 last night with first-time candidate Leah Scott winning by a considerable margin.
Ms Scott received 559 votes besting the Progressive Labour Party candidate Stephen Todd, who took 363 votes.
The Southampton East Central win is a coup for the OBA.
The seat was won by the PLP’s Zane DeSilva in the 2007 election. The UBP’s David Dodwell held the seat in 2003.
Lawyer and community activist Ms Scott said it was a tense atmosphere during the count.
She said afterward that her win was the result of “hard work, standing on the doorstep, listening to the people”.
“And the people have spoken,” she said. “I’ve had a fantastic team who have supported me and worked together.
“Thank you for their confidence, trusting and believing in me and thank you for the privilege to serve in constituency number 30. I’m excited and I’m ready to get moving to start bringing up change.”
PLP candidate Stephen Todd, who is a long-time banking executive and the past president of the Chamber of Commerce was gracious in his defeat.
“The electorate has spoken,” he said. “I respect their position and clearly they are looking to have some change. The challenge now is for the One Bermuda Alliance candidate to do the work and prove that the change is something that is going to work to the benefit of the constituents and to the Country.”
There were four spoiled ballots and one rejected. Voter turnout was 72 percent, with 922 voters participating out of 1,275 registered voters.
Leah Scott (OBA): 559
Stephen Todd (PLP): 363