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Woolridge among new OBA candidates

Ready for the challenge, Lynne Woolridge, far left, Michael Dunkley, the Premier, Andrea Moniz-DeSouza and Winfield Todd (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The One Bermuda Alliance has rolled out its final candidates ahead of next month’s General Election.

Lynne Woolridge, the OBA chairwoman, will vie for Pembroke East Central; Andrea Moniz-DeSouza, the Honorary Portuguese Consul, will run in St David’s; Southampton East will be contested by hospitality worker Winfield Todd; and Ed Bailey, the lawyer and former United Bermuda Party MP, will challenge in Sandys South Central.

All four will be up against incumbent Progressive Labour Party MPs who won comfortably in the 2012 election.

Asked why the candidates were unveiled yesterday and not during earlier roll-outs with other parish representatives, Michael Dunkley, the Premier, said that it was just the way the party liked to “shake it up from time to time”.

“There’s no science to roll-outs,” he said.

“This is the first one inside.”

The team, Mr Dunkley said, reflected “the diversity of Bermuda”.

He described Ms Woolridge as a “very experienced and well-regarded black professional lady”.

Ms Woolridge said the importance of education was instilled in her by her parents.

“Our children need a solid education foundation, which I believe is a combination of what they learn at home, as well as what they learn in school,” she said.

“It’s truly a village effort with all hands on deck.”

She said her experiences — including time spent working in Canada — had helped her appreciated the “value of diversity in thought and appearance”.

Mr Dunkley described Ms Moniz-DeSouza as possessing a “deep-seeded passion for our community”.

Ms Moziz-DeSouza said her decision to run was “less about politics, and more about giving back to the community”.

“I have always had a passion for public service,” she said.

Highlighting experience as a candy striper, work with charities and non-profit organisations, and work with the agricultural exhibition committee, Ms Moniz-DeSouza said she prided herself on being someone who is determined and able to get the job done.

“The most effective way to continue to move forward is to create a better Bermuda for all Bermudians, working together, for the common purpose,” she said.

Mr Dunkley introduced Mr Todd as a man at the “forefront of being a tourism ambassador for Bermuda”.

Mr Todd said he had worked in the tourism industry for the past six decades, and had done fundraising work for Hope Homes Centre, as well as the hospital.

He described himself as a “community person”.

“I just welcome this opportunity,” he said.

Mr Bailey did not appear at today’s press event.

Ms DeSouza will be against Lovitta Foggo, Ms Woolridge against Michael Weeks, Mr Todd against Zane DeSilva and Mr Bailey against Kim Wilson.

Candidates for all other seats not already announced will be incumbents, a party spokesman said. They are Mr Dunkley, who will defend against Ernest Peets of the PLP in Smith’s North; Cole Simons against Rose Ann Tucker of the PLP in Smith’s South; Trevor Moniz against Vance Campbell of the PLP in Smith’s West; Patricia Gordon-Pamplin against Emilygail Dill of the PLP in Paget West; and Leah Scott against Quinton Butterfield of the PLP in Southampton East Central.

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