In a statement this evening, the party said Senator Crawford was endorsed by one of the leading aspirants, Attorney-at-law Miss Andrea Moore, who said “Damion and I will be campaigning vigourously together to ensure victory for the People’s National Party.”“There will be no divide here, it is one mission – victory for the PNP”, she emphasized.
This evening’s approval follows extensive consultations by the party within the constituency, including discussions with the Constituency Committee, elected councillors and the Regional Executive Council (REC).
In making the announcement, the General Secretary of the PNP, Mr. Julian Robinson, said “the party’s campaign machinery would be fully engaged to support Comrade Crawford and the team to retain the constituency, which has been loyal to the PNP for over thirty years in seven consecutive general elections.”
The Executive further expressed its confidence that the people of East Portland are getting a candidate who would be rigorous and articulate in his representation of the people’s issues, and expressed appreciation to Miss Moore for her stance and offer of unqualified support to Senator Crawford.
The Executive noted that it was not the first time she was making the sacrifice in giving up her desire to represent East Portland in the interest of party unity and saluted her loyalty, unwavering support and her eagerness to campaign for victory.
The constituency of East Portland will be the second to be represented by Senator Crawford. He represented the neighbouring constituency of East Rural St. Andrew in the House of Representatives between 2012 and 2016. He also served as Minister of State for Tourism and Entertainment.
He did not seek re-election in 2016 and has since served as a Member of the Upper House and the Party’s Shadow Minister of Youth. He won the Vice Presidency of the PNP in September 2018, amassing the largest number of delegate votes.
Senator Crawford is a lecturer in Marketing at the Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies, Mona, a businessman and a partner in the egg company, Crafton Holdings, which won last year’s JMEA Awards for best new manufacturer as well as the Buy Jamaican Award.
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