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OBA candidate calls for ‘a return to fundamental commonsense’

Lawyer and community activist Leah Scott has been chosen as the One Bermuda Alliance’s general election candidate for Southampton East Central.

She will be contesting against the ruling party’s Stephen Todd.

Announce her candidacy, Ms Scott described herself as a “working mother who has never waited around for change”.

She said: “Change is a matter of choice. It is not to be waited for. It is a thing to be achieved.

“I alone cannot change Bermuda, but I can cast a stone into the waters to create many ripples.”

Ms Scott, who was born in the United States and granted Bermuda status in 2007, said that her passion is education.

“I will take a real leadership role in transforming our school system into something that works for our children a school system that is performance-oriented, led by experienced, committed teachers, and driven to graduate innovators, tradespeople social leaders and multi-lingual global citizens.”

Besides working to improve education, Ms Scott said she will work “to mobilise political and community resources to address our gang and drug issues”.

Ms Scott was flanked by a host of candidates and OBA officials at her unveiling yesterday.

“What counts now is not what we are against, but what we are for. While who leads us is important, what is equally important is what leads us what courage, what convictions, what faith. And that will always be relevant no matter who wins or loses,” she said.

“You cannot lie down with cronyism, cover-ups and corruption and expect to wake up with righteousness, transparency and honesty.

“We must end, once and for all, a culture that has failed to deal with scandal and misconduct by our politicians.

“What we continue to put up with is what we will have.

“We do not have any more time to waste. A return to fundamental common sense in Government is essential.”

Southampton East Central is currently held by Health Minister Zane DeSilva who beat David Dodwell with 569 votes to 521 in the 2007 general election. But Mr DeSilva will contest for the Southampton East seat in the next general election, having won that branch’s nomination last year.

Ms Scott is a former board member of anti drug organisation, PRIDE, and a current director of the Sunshine League.

She has also served as secretary for the Bermuda Bicycle Association and the Bermuda Triathlon Association.

New OBA candidate for constituency #30 Leah Scott. (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published February 23, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 23, 2012 at 8:31 am)

OBA candidate calls for ‘a return to fundamental commonsense’

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