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OBA selects Gibbons and Smith

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OBA candidates: Rodney Smith, left, and Grant Gibbons, right, with deputy premier Bob Richards

The One Bermuda Alliance unveiled two more candidates who will represent the party in next month’s General Election earlier this afternoon.

Grant Gibbons, Minster of Economic Development, will represent the party in Constituency 22 Paget East, while businessman Rodney Smith has been selected for Constituency 21 Pembroke South East.

Dr Gibbons and Mr Smith were announced by Bob Richards, deputy premier, at the press event held at the Bishop Spencer School site.

According to Mr Richards, both Mr Gibbons and Mr Smith have “outstanding records of public service and private enterprise”.

Representing the Paget East since 1994, Dr Gibbons said the years had given him perspective.

“I’ve seen Bermuda in good times and bad,” he said.

He said nothing had prepared him for the financial challenges faced by the party after taking power five years ago.

“With discipline and determination, the OBA government has moved Bermuda forward,” he said.

“You can see the results from one end of the island to the other. You can feel the confidence returning.”

Dr Gibbons said that after years of empty promises, the party had delivered when it came to new hotel construction.

“We are confident there are more to come.”

He said work remained to address the families that are struggling and Bermudians who are still without jobs.

“When you go to the polls on July 18, consider carefully and choose to continue moving Bermuda forward,” Dr Gibbons said.

Mr Smith highlighted recent work done alongside the Salvation Army to highlight the plight of homelessness in the community.

A resident of Constituency 15, he also highlighted a community effort in a legal victory against Belvin’s over the distribution of alcohol.

“I want to bring those skills, transfer them to Constituency 21, and help them clean up some of the areas that we have there,” he said.

He asked for the time to complete the efforts begun by the OBA five years ago.

“We’re coming back today to say stand with us in 2017 — let us finish the work we began in 2012.”

Pembroke South East is currently represented by the PLP’s Rolfe Commissiong.