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Paula Kerr-Jarrett gets JLP nod for Eastern Hanover

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


ATTORNEY Paula Kerr-Jarrett was last night given the green light by the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to contest the Eastern Hanover seat in the next general election, party insiders confirmed to the Observer.

Kerr-Jarrett's candidacy was ratified by the party's Standing Committee, the source said, adding that she will likely start working to win support in the constituency as soon as today.

In September, Kerr-Jarrett had told the Observer that she was considering running in the constituency after being approached. However, nothing was finalised at the time.

"I am really interested in doing what I can for Jamaica and I believe that more people who have something to offer should step up to the plate in this country for us to really see the impact on the island," said Kerr-Jarrett, who is the wife of prominent Montego Bay businessman and treasurer for the JLP Area Council Four, Mark Kerr-Jarrett, and the daughter of long-standing JLP treasurer Christopher Bovell.

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In that September interview, Kerr-Jarrett had said that she would have to take into consideration a number of factors in making her decision.

"It would be a huge difference to anything that I have done before, so there is a lot to consider... your privacy, your family. There will be a lot of things that I would have to adjust in my lifestyle, but I am seriously considering it because if I am able to contribute something and make a difference it would be worth the challenge," she said.

Dr Christopher Tufton, the JLP deputy leader for Area Council Four, had told the Observer that Kerr-Jarrett would make "an excellent representative".

Eastern Hanover is represented by the Opposition People's National Party's Dr D K Duncan who won the seat by a margin of 10 votes over the JLP's Barrington Gray in the 2007 general election, following a magisterial recount.

Gray, who is the constituency caretaker, had expressed an interest in representing the party in the constituency again. However, he had said that he would have "no problem" if the party decided to select another representative.

"I am a party person, and so if they decide to chose someone else, so be it," he said, adding that if he is overlooked he would seek selection in one of the seven parish council divisions in Hanover.

Gray had previously served as the JLP councillor for the Hopewell division.

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