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Michael Dunkley: One Bermuda Alliance

“My loss taught me some valuable lessons,” said the OBA’s Senator Dunkley of his 2007 defeat in Smith’s North. Married, aged 54 and with two children, he lives nearby on South Shore Road, Devonshire.

His family business, Dunkley’s Dairy, is prominent in Constituency 10.

Sen Dunkley has canvassed Smith’s North for the last five years, and said he’s gotten to know residents well.

In some areas, crime has become a concern, but jobs and the economy are overriding issues across the district.

Shootings have alarmed residents near the old Clayhouse Inn, he noted, but the area has quietened.

“Unless we deal with it in the broader perspective, this kind of violence can flare up in any community,” Sen Dunkley said.

Poor roads in some areas, speeding and a lack of room on North Shore Road, plus the relentless traffic through an area where much of the Island drives through to work, is a local concern.

Calling himself “a consensus-builder”, Sen Dunkley said: “It’s my deep-seated commitment to try and work with the community and the Island at large to improve our lives.

“With my experience in the community, and my family and business background, I’m in a position to do something. I’m not afraid of a challenge and I take my relationships with people very seriously. People know that if Michael Dunkley is elected, I’ll still be accessible to hear their concerns.”

The former United Bermuda Party leader is now the OBA’s Shadow Health Minister. He was formerly Shadow National Security Minister.

“If you’re happy with the way things are going, then I will enjoy our conversation and move on,” he said.

If not, he said: “The people who helped get us into the dire circumstances we’re in can’t be expected to help get us out.”

Patrice Minors: Progressive Labour Party

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Patrice Minors comes from a banking background.

Her most recent job was assistant vice president of Trust Services at Butterfield Bank. She also headed Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Bermuda.

Married, 50 years old, with one daughter, Ms Minors lives in Southside, St David’s.

She told

The Royal Gazette: “From the day I was appointed to the Senate, having embraced the skill sets that make one a leader, I can be seen as one who cannot just contribute to Constituency 10 but lead for it within this Government and within Bermuda.”

As Patrice Parris, she took Smith’s North for the PLP in 2003, and has held it since.

The former Health Minister was later appointed Business Development and Tourism Minister, and last year took her current portfolio.

She said residents of the constituency have brought diverse neighbourhood concerns to her, ranging from a fallen wall at Loyal Hill Pass to traffic in Flatts, and she has used her influential position to get action.

However: “In recent times on the doorsteps, the main concerns communicated to me have been of national interest. These are issues with regard to crime, the economy and unemployment, which are issues I deal with on a ministerial level.”

Smith’s North has seen quite a shake-up through boundary changes, she said. “It’s quite a kaleidoscope,” Ms Minors said. “That’s what makes it even more interesting.”

Which areas qualify as strongholds for a party depends on “how you present yourself at the doorstep”, she added.

“It depends a lot on perception. Just as Michael Dunkley can find supporters in Loyal Hill, I can find supporters along Green Bay Road,” Ms Minors said, the latter being an area added to the Constituency in the last round of adjustments.

Michael Dunkley, One Bermuda Alliance challenger for Smith's North, Constituency 10 ( Photo by Glenn Tucker )

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Published December 05, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated December 05, 2012 at 1:07 am)

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