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#JaVotes2016: Foster tells young Comrades to stick with the PNP

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2016 | 2:20 PM
Supporters of Ashley-Ann Foster, the St James Central candidate wave flags as she speaks at Catherine Hall, St James.

Claudia Gardner, Assignment Coordinator

First-time St James Central candidate Ashley-Ann Foster has appealed to young voters to stick with the People's National Party (PNP).

According to her, the constituency has seen a massive growth in the number of tertiary institutions under the PNP which has impacted youth development in the city.

"HEART, UWI, UTech and UCC are all here and all of that happened under PNP," she said.

Foster also heaped praises on PNP president Portia Simpson Miller whom she said enabled her to be the standard-bearer for the seat, despite misgivings of her doubters.

"Dem tell her say Ashley too young; dem tell her say Ashley too pretty, but she had the confidence in me," Foster said.

Foster also said three of the JLP candidates in St James were outsiders, as opposed to the four PNP candidates in the parish whom she said are all St. James born and bred.

"Ed (Bartlett) is from Westmoreland; (Horace) Chang is from Westmoreland and Heroy (Clarke) is from Westmoreland, but all of us on this platform representing St. James, come from St. James," she said.

An attorney, Foster replaces Lloyd B Smith who pulled out of an internal selection.

She had started to work in the neighbouring St James East Central but moved to St James Central after Smith withdrew from the selection exercise.

In 2011, Smith won the seat by 98 votes over the JLP's Heroy Clarke.