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PLP chooses Darius Tucker as Paget West election candidate

Hamilton South MP Darius Tucker was yesterday announced as the ruling party’s General Election candidate for Paget West, Constituency 23.

Mr Tucker, a carpenter by trade, entered Parliament as a United Bermuda Party MP in 2007.

He quit the party two years later and stood as an independent before joining the Progressive Labour Party in June.

“My political path to this point may not have taken the typical route, but I am confident that it has brought me to the right place,” Mr Tucker said at the Alaska Hall press conference announcing his candidacy.

“My time as a PLP MP may have been relatively brief, but since joining the Party earlier this year, I have indeed found a political home.”

He went on to say that he was familiar with the area having spent his youth there.

And, addressing Paget West constituents, he said: “I will be visiting each and every one of you over the upcoming weeks. I look forward to meeting each of you and discussing your concerns, ideas and visions for a better Bermuda.

“It takes all of us to improve our Country. We cannot expect to move forward together, if we live, work, think and dream separately.”

He later indicated to

The Royal Gazette that he was not unduly concerned that the district has historically voted for the UBP. He said that, as far as he is concerned, the Opposition has no strongholds.

Mr Tucker said his plan to win the seat was “to get on the ground, do the legwork and press the flesh”.

“That’s what you have to do,” he added.

As an MP Mr Tucker said he would not shy away from voting against the wishes of his constituents if the national interest demanded it.

“I’ve made some very tough choices when it comes to parochial side and the national side. I chose to support Tucker’s Point in that process,” he said referring to the hotel’s SDO debate. “I have no regrets in it, because as we now know Tucker’s Point rates are up ten percent.

“They are now seeking planning permission for property that is close to the physical plant itself.”

Some of his constituents were upset with his choice “but sometimes we have to go national and think how is it going to benefit the Country”, he continued. “Sometimes you’ve got to make the tough decisions. And that was the tough decision at that time.”

Mr Tucker will most likely be contesting the seat against the One Bermuda Alliance’s Patricia Gordon-Pamplin, the incumbent, although the OBA has not yet officially announced its candidate.

PLP New Candidate Darius Tucker with Derrick Burgess Deputy Premier.(Photo by Akil Simmons) November 23,2011

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Published November 24, 2011 at 9:12 am (Updated November 24, 2011 at 9:11 am)

PLP chooses Darius Tucker as Paget West election candidate

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