Nandi Davis: Young but ready to work
In the heat of Mondays general election, all eyes were watching St Georges West to see where the balance of power would wind up.
But OBAs Nandi Davis said she was completely unaware that her partys election hopes were in her hands until she stepped out victorious.
I was in a closed room, she said. It was just my count. I had no idea about anything that was going on outside.
When I walked out, they said: Are you ready for two pieces of information? Glen Smith beat the Premier, but more importantly your seat just won us this election.
Ms Davis, a 26-year-old mother, is now the youngest Bermudian MP in recent history.
While she is currently an executive assistant at AMS Ltd, she said she plans to continue working towards her accounting designation at Bermuda College.
Speaking yesterday, she said her family has a history in Bermuda politics.
Her uncle, Neville Tyrell, represented the Progressive Labour Party in Devonshire East, while she said national hero Dame Lois Browne Evans was her aunt.
Despite those connections to the PLP, she said that she felt more comfortable joining the OBA.
I felt that, in general, we needed a change in Government, she said. I was all for the standing principles of what the PLP originally stood for, but the OBA came across as a more diverse party.
My first day in the room they wanted to hear from the younger people in the room.
I got involved with the Future Bermuda Alliance, which is the youth syndicate, and it wasnt just the kiddie table.
We actually got involved. They asked us for our input on things like conscription or the legalisation or decriminalisation of marijuana. I just felt more involved in the party then I would have been in the PLP.
While she said she had canvassed hard for the St Georges West seat, she was still surprised to win the election, particularly because she was behind in the polling until the last batch of ballots were counted.
I was amazed and shocked. It didnt set in, she said. I knew I had worked hard and had been on the doorsteps, but to beat two St Georgians was amazing.
I was behind the entire time. I didnt catch up until the last quarter.
My team was telling me not to panic because my votes came in during the morning. We knew they did. They were at the bottom.
I didnt want to lose by a landslide, but it was too close. It was crazy. I was just trying to relax.
While Ms Davis said that she has received some negative feedback online, the reaction from her constituents has so far been all positive.
In the new year, she promised to return to the doorstops to deal with the various parochial issues facing the area.
I want to take on the parochial issues as sort of a 100-day challenge, she said.
The main issue I have come across is Ferry Reach, the trees are not being cut on a regular basis. I just spoke to representatives of the prison facility and they will be sending some of their guys down to clean that up.
The wall on Water Street hasnt been touched in ages. It was touched up just before the election, but it still needs to be handled.
Ms Davis also said she hopes to play a part in dealing with larger issues, saying that while her heart lies in education and social issues, she has developed an interest in transport issues thanks to Patricia Gordon Pamplin.
She said that while the previous administration said St Georges was too small for cruise ships, she believes a smaller cruise ship can be found.
There are still smaller ships that exist, we just havent reached out to them, she said. Carnival, for instance, have a small cruise ship line.
They still havent been reached out to. They are sitting there saying they have the boats but no one has asked us to come.
The town still has fair activity. Its not a ghost town, but more can happen. Theres still so much more that can happen.
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