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PLP candidates: Graham Maule, left, Jason Hayward, centre, and Scott Simmons

The president of the Bermuda Public Services Union was among three candidates rolled out by the Progressive Labour Party this morning.

Jason Hayward will represent the party in Constituency 19 Pembroke West. Graham Maule was announced as the candidate for Constituency 20 Pembroke South West, and Scott Simmons will run in Constituency 32 Southampton West.

Introducing the candidates at a press conference this morning, Opposition leader David Burt said that the three men “collectively will show what the PLP stands for”.

Mr Burt introduced Mr Hayward as a “champion of labour”, who provided “fearless leadership” and “staunch support for workers”.

Mr Hayward said as an MP he would work to ensure the PLP was focused on “people, their families, and their communities”.

He described the party’s platform as a plan that he boldly supported.

“The PLP’s Vision 2025 is a framework that will lead Bermuda on a continued path of success,” he said.

Mr Hayward said residents of Constituency 19 could be assured he would represent their best interests at all times.

“I will not waiver from my commitment to serve and I truly believe that serving people equates to serving God.”

The constituency is currently represented by the One Bermuda Alliance’s Jeanne Atherden.

In describing Mr Simmons, Mr Burt noted his “good and dedicated service” to the party over the years, and that he exemplified the concept of placing service before self.

Mr Simmons, chairman of the party, thanked party members and backers for their “unwavering support” in the constituency.

He outlined three main areas of focus if elected — seniors, community infrastructure, and jobs and tourism.

Mentioning the White Hill Field redevelopment he said: “It is my intention to make this development project a priority.”

The redevelopment project at Morgan’s Point, Mr Simmons said, must put Bermudians first for jobs now and in the future.

“Our survival as a community absolutely depends on it,” he said.

The constituency is currently held by Randy Horton, the Speaker of the House.

Mr Burt described Mr Maule as a “true green Bermudian”, who was “equipped and suited” to represent all islanders.

Mr Maule, who studied hospitality in Scotland, said he was committed to working diligently to represent all of the constituents of Pembroke South West.

He also pledged to nurture and support tourism development through focusing on Bermuda’s unique cultural heritage.

“I am convinced that a sustainable future for Bermuda has to depend upon the ability of all Bermudians to work towards a common goal,” he said.

“I believe in a Bermuda where we all recognise cultural differences within various groups and still live in harmony with mutual respect.”

The area is currently represented by the OBA’s Susan Jackson.