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Juliet Holness is real and practical

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Unlike those who get caught up in the hype and preoccupation with personality politics, I have been observing with keen interest and optimism development in the constituency I grew up in and call home to this very day - East Rural St Andrew.

There is every reason to believe that winds of change are blowing over the constituency at this time. With many recent university graduates like myself unable to find work after investing so much in tertiary education, I have been making a concerted effort to closely examine the issues the candidates vying to represent my constituency have addressed.

I did not find it surprising to come across a revelation made by Juliet Holness as she took to the political platform as a candidate for the first time at the Jamaica College Auditorium, that her opponent, Imani Duncan-Price, has been in the habit of surveying and assessing the needs of the constituency from the lofty heights of a helicopter. Duncan-Price's candidacy has this air of arrogance to it and reeks in so many ways of being aloof and hifalutin.

The people of the constituency are more interested in someone who is practical and pragmatic in their proposals and approach, and is prepared to traverse the hills, valleys and trenches on foot as opposed to the grandeur of a helicopter. Having met the two in my community, I find that Imani Duncan-Price comes across as superficial and aloof in her posture and interactions, while Juliet Holness comes across as a natural people person who has a genuine desire to improve the standard of living of the constituents and bring practical and workable solutions to the table.

Kimesha Brown