Chamber President unveiled as PLP election candidate
Chamber of Commerce President Stephen Todd was this morning unveiled as the Progressive Labour Party's latest candidate, to run in the constituency of Southampton East Central.
Premier Paula Cox commended him as a well-known member of the business community with “the courage to enter the political fray” and said the PLP's new candidates showed it to be a party of “expertise, experience and youth”.
Mr Todd has stepped down as Chamber President, with vice President Buddy Rego to succeed him until next April's annual general meeting.
Flanked my members of Constituency 30, Mr Todd introduced himself as “a fourth-generation, proud Bermudian” with business and banking experience.
He noted that during his presidency at the Chamber of Commerce, he dealt with key issues such as term limits, customs duty relief and the impact of the economic recession.
“I choose not to focus on the mistakes of the past, but to learn from them,” Mr Todd said, calling on Bermudians to set aside their differences.
Acknowledging his “Front Street experience”, he said he was not restricted to one sector of the community, adding that he viewed Bermuda an extended village.
Asked why he had chosen the PLP, Mr Todd said: “I believe the PLP offers the solutions. They've shown during their 13 years of governance they are capable and willing.”
He said he had not stepped forward before due to his other commitments, but added: “It's something I have wanted to do for some time.”
Mr Todd said afterwards that he had been offered Constituency 30 following an interview, and was selected by branch members.
Branch Chairman Valerie Dill and deputy chair Glenn Woods joined him on the podium at Alaska Hall for the announcement, which was made on the 13th anniversary of the PLP's 1998 election victory.
Mr Todd's resume shows that he currently serves as Vice President and Retail Business Development Manager for Butterfield Bank Rosebank Banking Center.
His financial services career began with Bermuda National Bank in 1971. He joined Butterfield in 1980.
Mr Todd served as the West End Chamber Division Chairman from 2004 to 2008 before joining the Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as the Vice President of the Sandys Rotary Club, and as a Member at Large of the Hamilton Lions Club.