Commissiong unveiled as PLP general election candidate
Rolfe Commissiong was this afternoon announced as the Progressive Labour Party's candidate for Pembroke South East, or district 21.
Mr Commissiong was described by Premier Paula Cox as someone who was passionate and uncompromising at the unveiling.
The Premier told the assembled media that Mr Commissiong had been "very instrumental" in ensuring that Government followed through on establishing Job Corps and Career Pathways - both recommended by the Mincy Report.
In his prepared remarks, Mr Commissiong recalled his first attempt at electoral office in 1994 when he ran in the Paget East by-election and, again, in the 2007 general election for Paget West.
"While unsuccessful in that 1994 by-election, I and the party took moral comfort from the fact that we had established the principle under then leader, L Frederick Wade, that the PLP would always be the party of second chances for those Bermudians who were so deserving," he said.
Mr Commissiong described himself as a "man of faith" who shares the principles that "honour the principles found in us all, these values and principles that honour the redemptive qualities found in us all, the values and principles that honour and compel us to live our lives with integrity, recognising the unlimited potential of God's grace upon us.
"These are the same values and principles along with my work ethic that I promise to bring to the people of Pembroke South East."
Mr Comissiong had successfully challenged the incumbent Ashfield DeVent for the branch's nomination in a selection contest last year. The outcome created considerable anxiety among branch executives, including Chairman Kyjuan Brown who was reported to be concerned about Mr Commissiong's electability.
This afternoon, Dr Brown told The Royal Gazette that his concerns had been alleviated by Mr Commissiong's hard work in the district over the last few months.
"Mr Commissiong has been working tirelessly in the community," he said. "We've done some recent polling which signified that he had made considerable advancement since our last polling results which made me proud."