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JLP hopes to continue controlling Portland

By EVERARD OWEN Observer writer

Monday, March 05, 2012 | 1:45 PM    

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BUFF BAY — The four candidates for the opposition Jamaica Labour Party have been duly nominated in West Portland.

Three of the candidates are returning, while the fourth is new.

They are Floyd Patterson – St Margaret’s Bay (sitting mayor); Rupert Kelly – Hope Bay; Gloria Minott-Silvera – Buff Bay; and newcomer Sonia Bailey – Balcarres.

Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz says he is confident of victory.

“I am confident in retaining the four divisions and the council based on the results from the general election which would have put us from 7-2 to 6-3…” he said.

In East Portland five candidates have been nominated — Clyde McKenzie - Port Antonio; David McDonald – Prospect; Alston Hunter – Manchioneal; Derron Wood (deputy mayor) – Fairy Hill; and Margaret Phillips – Fellowship.

The JLP controls the Portland council

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