New St George councillor looks to restore town’s past glory
Land surveyor Quinell Laquita Francis hopes to help restore St George to its past glory as the newest common councillor for the Corporation.
Ms Francis said she had been prepared for the campaigning process but, at the end of the nomination period, her name was the only one put forward.
She said she was inspired to join the Corporation after conversations with common councillor Renee Ming about their childhoods in the town.
“I was discussing St George's with Mrs Ming, and what the Corporation was doing, and she encouraged me to put my name forward,” she said.
“When I found out that a position was becoming vacant, I stepped up and I was getting ready for all the campaigning, but as it turns out I didn't have to.”
With the general downturn in tourism Island-wide, Ms Francis said she felt St George needs to work with its residents to create a more successful community.
“We need to find out the businesses that we need for the whole community and not just have a number of shops for tourists,” she said.
“As the tourism business seems to be declining, we need to find a way to bring the residents into the town. We need to get the residents involved.”
St George's North MP Dame Jennifer Smith congratulated “young Quinell Francis” during a House of Assembly session on March 18. The Education Minister and former Premier said she wanted to be the first MP to send best wishes to the newest common councillor in the Old Towne.